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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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What was it that “powered” Auto-Man and Cursor to allow them to exist in the real world?

In the early 80s sci-fi show Auto-Man , the titular hero is essentially a humanoid form program made by a police-computer genius, and given physical shape in our reality. It was described as thus: ...
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Boy gets transported to a planet where people can transform into different species [duplicate]

When I was a kid I read a book about a boy who gets transported to a different planet. The people are put in different domes, with different creatures. Main character either escapes to another dome ...
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What was the earliest appearance in SF of a likeable AI character?

In Heinlein's 1966 classic "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" the loss of self awareness in Mike (HOLMES) the computer struck me indelibly in my formative years. This speaks to Robert A Heinlein's ...
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Nuclear breeder/reactor plant controlled by two A.I. makes too much power

Probably from the 80s. Paperback in English. The tone of the story was humorous. I would swear the title was something like NUKEE or N.U.K.I.E. or some variation. but haven't found anything with ...
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60s novel: bionic man exploring changed world post collapse for super computer

Paperback, written in English, from 1960s or 70s. Starts off with a man waking up in cave or buried chamber. He receives info and instructions from a A.I. super computer . (Its been xx years 30? 60? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Novel about an AI (robot) becoming more human than the owner

An engineer has been shot, he was working on creating AI. His neural connections were broken and some kind of robot helped him to repair neural networks. The robot has micromanipulators each of which ...
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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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Novel or short story where A.I. builds next gen A.I

In this novel the protagonists had some complex task to resolve. The A.I. was created to aid them, it was a large computer with manufacturing capabilities. Once asked if it can resolve that problem, ...
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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 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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A movie about artificial intelligence gone rogue

I watched a movie few years ago about a man who was dying. He was attempting to upload his consciousnesses to a computer. And when his wife succeeded, some guys came to destroy him, but she managed ...
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looking for book title from about 1965 - 70. cars versus humans

I'm looking for a book I read in the late 1960s. The storyline features cars attacking humans in a sort of rebellion. I think the title was some variation of Long Weekend or Three Day Weekend, but ...
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What caused humanity's extinction at the end of of A.I. Artificial Intelligence?

The advanced mechas said the human race was extinguished. How did that happen? Because the Earth froze? Weren't there any humans living in space stations or moon colonies?
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Which Sci-Fi work first showed hostile Artificial Intelligence?

We see hostile Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Sci-Fi all the time. Examples include Terminator movie series The Matrix movie series Superman (Brainiac) I, Robot (V.I.K.I.) Ex Machina Portal game ...