Questions tagged [artificial-intelligence]

Artificial intelligence(AI) is the ability of constructed devices to think and/or feel for themselves. In science fiction, stories focus on the perils or helpfulness of artificial intelligence. This tag is for questions about AI in science fiction works only. For general questions about developing AI, please visit https://ai.stackexchange.com.

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The title of an SF where a robot became conscious and a friend of a boy?

When I was an elementary school student back in the late 80's through early 90's, I was forced to read some books as vacation assignments. There are some books which I still remember I liked, but I ...
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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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Short story about a boy who makes a virtual girl and updates her A.I as he grows up

I am searching a free short story I found about 5 years ago on some book app on my tablet. Basically in the story, this young boy got a computer (sometime during the 80s I believe) that had just ...
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Super sophisticated AI spacecraft autopilot saves the day

Looking for the title of this rather excellent sci-fi short story... Human spacecraft approaches alien planet Humans piloting the spacecraft about to do something inappropriate, given apparent ...
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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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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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Sci fi short story that contains the line “My JJ's are melting!”

I'm trying to recall a short story from the 80's that, as I think back, seems prescient of several computing technologies we're currently using. There was an AI capable of self-improvement and a ...
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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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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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Story about an AI to bring down politicians

I'm trying to identify an novel from the 80's or 90's that involved a group of political operatives traveling across an America just this side of apocalyptic. They were protecting a depressed ...
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Short story about computer that saves human due to individual humans not having redundancy

I read this short story online within the last three years (2014-2016). Someone, a child(?), becomes trapped in an artificially maintained environment (garden room on a spaceship maybe?) during a ...
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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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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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Novel set in communist Soviet Union about a computer AI protecting its creator

I an trying to recall an English language sci-fi novel set in communist Soviet Union. I do not remember the author or the title. Does anyone know which novel it is ? I remember the plot partially. A ...
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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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What is the name of the trilogy in which an A.I. Space Station goes renegade?

I read the first (of what was supposed to be a trilogy) in which an A.I. was built on a space station so that they could shut it down it in case it went out of control. Of course, it cannot be ...
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Searching for mature fictional story about a scientist who uses a car crash victim to build an AI

The story involves a scientist that has hit a roadblock. He then witnesses a car accident and he then takes the victim of said accident and uses her as the base for his AI program. The story follows ...
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Need a title - spaceship AI, 1980s

I read a paperback in the early-to-mid 1980s that I'm trying to find again. It was pretty basic space opera, as I recall, but the spaceship AIs were characters as well. Near the end, the bad guy has ...
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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 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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Controlling AI in space recreating humans

I'm trying to find the name of a sci-fi story in which two competing orbiting AI send down AI probes to the surface of the earth and end up putting those probe AI's into bodies of frozen humans so ...
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Phoebus declaration from the book “Stories of Ibis”

After reading the book The Stories of Ibis, I was curious if the author has ever published a full version of the declaration of Phoebus, the speech that the android Phoebus held when asked to express ...
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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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SciFi novel I can't remember the name from

It's about these two sisters whose colony are forced to mine some like psi-ore or something because it messes with robots AI. The younger sister is a genius though (as happens to many of the children ...