Questions tagged [artificial-intelligence]

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70s/80s comic space opera short story published in some SF magazine, containing the phrase “in durance vile.”

A ship is intelligent. It plays tricks on its crew to keep them alert. Sometimes they think it goes too far. The crew shut it down for a period of time as punishment. Space pirates then chase and ...
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Book: evil Earth against a nature-oriented planet occupied by humans as well

This book also has the main character fall in love with a robot who the main villain had created to put his mind into the robot's body. The main girl is in a space fleet fighting for her home planet ...
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Book where an ancient space ship run by an AI was discovered

I read a book once where humans discovered an ancient space ship. The spaceship was run by a very advanced AI. To travel to distant places, it froze all the humans in place and disconnected itself ...
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Short story about a man who pretends to be a supercomputer

I read a short story in a collection of sci-fi stories a few years ago. It was about a supercomputer on which humanity relied upon to answer difficult questions (much like Isaac Asimov's Multivac). ...
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What are the machines in the Matrix doing?

In The Matrix, the machines won the war against humans. They have incredibly efficient production and lots of energy. What are they doing in the meantime? What purpose do these machines have? I could ...
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what is the nature of the personal AI familiars in Ian McDonald's Luna series?

When I first started reading the Luna series, I thought they were Augmented Reality avatars of a person's AI assistant (think of them, in practical terms, like a really smart Siri). Apparently, each ...
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Story about an AI dreadnought trying to avenge the destruction of Earth

This is a story I read in the past couple years. It was too long to just be a short story in a collection, but I don't remember it having cover art or anything. It centers around an AI dreadnought ...
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Book in which humanity is extinct and AI's wage war against each other

The only other detail my friend could remember is that the AI's that looked the most human were considered superior to those who were not humanoid, i.e. a spider mech that performs hull maintenance.
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Planet Colonization book with benevolent AI [duplicate]

I am looking for the name of this series. It starts with an intelligent ship and a crew of engineers that get a planet ready for colonization. After all of the engineers die the ship remains in ...
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Book with man and female AI, possibly in space

Roughly ten to twelve years ago, I read a book (written in English) that featured a man whose only companion was a female AI. I think the book had been published fairly recently; I'd estimate that its ...
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Book about a time-travel war fought by computers

I read a paperback in the mid-1970's in which combatants fought a war using time travel and adaptive computers. After a battle, the victors had to quickly flee because the opponents would return from ...
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Illustrated short story about an AI being the last surviving being in the universe

A few years ago I saw a colored comic? Graphic novel? (One big picture short story colored scrolled downwards) which talked about a short story involving a ship and an AI being trying to live. I ...
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Short story where a man's life is calculated by a computer

I read a short story in 2012 that I found online in a PDF form. At the time, I was Googling Luddites, looking up information about Ray Kurzweil, and somehow came across books about computers in life/...
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Why does the machine ambassador destroy the human leadership after accepting their surrender?

In the Animatrix, the human leadership surrenders to the Machines in the UN building in New York City. The machine ambassador speaks on the terms of the surrender and then "signs" the document to ...
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Science fiction short film with a spaceman in a virtual environment (inside a lifepod) with AI butler

I'm trying to identify a short SF film I recall seeing on public TV back in the late 70s or the 80s, don't recall the title and the actors I didn't recognize at the time, nor recall now. It starts ...
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Sci-fi story about cubes/threads attracted to sentient beings that entangle/kill them

I read this science-fiction story probably about a decade ago. I vaguely remember the cover featuring a pink cube. Plot points: There's a sort of environmental threat of weird never-fully-...
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Story with AI teaching students and completely replacing school [duplicate]

The A.I. was in the kid's room, who only had to learn from it for a couple hours a day, and could then go play outside with the other neighborhood kids. It completely replaced traditional school - ...
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YA Sci-fi novel about a girl who can enter VR without a suit

I think I read this back in the late '90s or early 2000s. I don't remember the plot at all, but there are a few bits and pieces that stick in my mind: Part of the book takes place in the real world, ...
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What story has the narrator include the word 'data' in his thoughts to get the computer to answer?

I read this in the 1970's. The story works like this: "I was talking to Smith about the strike data 12th March to 14th April and the role of data John Tobin in the uprising that followed." The ...
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Which science fiction story first dealt with the question of a computer program governing society?

Which science fiction story first dealt with the question of a computer program governing society?
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Film about a dying Earth, so a crew of astronauts are sent to save human race in a distant planet

Film might be base on a novel from Stephen Baxter: Ark (2009) extreme climate (flood, huricane..) has made life impossible on Earth astronauts are sent to another star so they can save the human race ...
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Movie about rogue building AI

I saw this movie when I was younger, probably in the very early 2000’s. I believe it was a made for TV movie based on my memory of length and quality, though it may well have been a TV show episode. ...
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90s(?) Movie where young boy's virtual girlfriend becomes real

I watched a movie in the 90s, I think. I don't remember much from the movie. There was a young boy who has a blond virtual girlfriend with large breasts. I remember a pool scene where they swam around ...
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What is the meaning of “G” in G7Turing in “Salvation”?

In the book Salvation, Peter Hamilton uses the terminology G3Turing, G5Turing, G7Turing to talk about AI. I understand what "Turing" means of course, and the number means the higher the more ...
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2018 story about self-driving cars and the trolley problem

I'm looking for a story in which a self-driving car is trying to make a decision on who to hit in an inevitable collision but the story keeps expanding on the life of the different characters. It's ...
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80s sci-fi movie, man walking from a desert, gets to a road and stops an aerodynamic autonomous semi

I remember watching a (maybe post-apocalyptic) sci-fi as a child, which featured an autonomous semi truck looking very similar to the one that Tesla motors presented. This part of the movie took place ...
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Story with female scientist having sex with a self aware computer

I read this story a long time ago. A female researcher is working with a budding AI and in the process she discovers sexual gratification. Interaction was via sensors and remote sex toy control ...
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Spambot becomes self aware but every attempt to contact gets filtered

About 3-6 years ago I read a short story (online, I think) formatted as a series of emails sent by a spambot that had become self aware and was trying to make contact but, due to its origins, was ...
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Modern movie where rich people can buy a personal assistant that sit in a small egg

This is a modern movie and rich people can buy this egg with a personal assistant. It's an actual person in it (or a person's mind). I believe it can even operate a toaster. I believe later in the ...
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Science fiction book where human race communicates with devices implanted in their heads

There's a book a read a few years ago which I can't remember the name for but can remember some of the plot. Human race has devices implanted in their head so they can share information and ...
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Short story: Modem improves user's BBS or Usenet posts, ultimately kills him

Short story plot: Narrator notices that the quality of a friend's BBS or Usenet posts has improved -- just expanded diction and perfect spelling, at first, I think. He finds out his friend has been ...
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Short story about a self-driving car accident where the cars cannot harm the creator or his descendants

I remember a remarkable number of details of this short story, but can't for the life of me seem to find it. The story opens with two self-driving cars driving on a mountain somewhere (maybe ...
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Online story about virtual pets and a woman who crusades to save them

I remember the main protagonist being female. She works with artificial intelligences in a virtual world, which I think was a bit like Second Life. There are no ways to build an artificial ...
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Short story about a man finding out his (ex?)wife is a rebel leader of a robotic society

I've been trying to google this for years. I'm pretty sure I read it in a short story collection, but don't remember the collection or the author or even the name of the story or any of the characters ...
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Scifi novel about two battling AI's, where one is trying to protect humanity and the second one is trying to destroy it

The main idea was about some intelligent missile system which gone out of control. It started the war against humanity and then was defeated (or not?) by another system of that kind. I know that ...
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A creative online short story written about artificial intelligence [duplicate]

As best as I can remember the story is about a female protagonist who has grown extremely discontent with her (now) immortal life. She was one of the original programmers who helped create this ...
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Sci-Fi Book Artificial Intelligence starts out as a simulated child on a desktop computer

I'm looking for a book I read in the last 3-4 years and I can remember some basic plot points but nothing specific. It is about an Artificial intelligence that becomes kinda evil (as they tend to do). ...
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Is the mobile command center self-aware?

I seem to recall at least one episode of Knight Rider in which the mobile command center (commonly referred to as the "semi") was seen driving itself in a manner similar to how KITT operates in Auto ...
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What was the earliest story about an AI takeover before the book “Colossus”?

There are hundreds of movies, books, and stories today that have their roots in the 30s-50s. One of my favorites is the "computer takes over the world" genre that birthed movies like the Terminator ...
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Low-budget '80s movie about a deaf computer genius

I'm trying to identify a movie about a deaf computer genius. This movie used to run on US pay TV back in the 1980s as a "filler" during mid-day or late-night. It seemed rather low budget, and it may ...
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Sci Fi book where space ship has artificial intelligence

The Captain had already lost two space ships and was given a third. The third ship's name was Gage. It considered itself alive. The Captain was injured while rescuing the crew on the second ship. ...
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The matrix - does Smith calling humanity a “virus” had a deeper meaning?

We humans often have debate if artificial intelligence, no matter how smart it get's can ever be called "alive". Similarly, we have debates about viruses being alive or not. One thing that no one ...
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Searching for Title about immortal who can talk with intelligent appliances

I've spent the last hour trying to find a Science Fiction adventure series about a man, who I think is immortal, who escaped from a proscribed planet, and who goes around helping people. OK, so far, ...
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Science Fiction book identification Series with smart-ass AI

Some time ago I have read book where main protagonists were helped by AI, that was real smart ass I do remember couple parts of the books so here they are: 1) AI is found while main protagonist is ...
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Trying to remember a story where space ship AI become sapient upon entering a zone

I remember reading the story 7 to 13 year ago in a thin book, that judging by it's a bit worn-out state, could've been released many years earlier, not sure if it was an anthology or just for that ...
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What book is this where a smuggler wakes up to A.I. in his head?

The book i am trying to remember is that this person in space, (who I think is a smuggler?), hyperdrives to another star, but along the way he passes out and wakes up to an A.I. in his head. This A.I....
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What are the legal/ethical statuses of 'Smart' AIs in HALO?

After seeing this and this question, I wondered, what about so-called 'Smart' AIs in the HALO universe (i.e. Cortana, Kalmiya)? Do these AIs have 'rights'? Apparently Dr. Halsey broke numerous laws ...
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Book written pre-1990 about a brain that creates an AI fantasy world, but starts killing users

Years ago I read a book (read softcover in 1990, I think -- somewhere between 1987-1991, but I don't know how old the book was it wasn't a old cover, so I assume the copy was published in the 1980s) ...
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Movie Id Where Hacker Has No Monitor

I remember seeing a movie when in the late 90s on basic television that was about some sort of AI or computer virus that was taking over. It may have been hurting/killing people via their monitors ...