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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Robot as word processor - looking for old short story

Looking for an old short story where a publishing company buys a robot to help with copy-editing (typing on a manual type-writer...). The robot then ends up copy-editing, then writing the stories, ...
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Book Identification: Alternate dimension of energy enables FTL travel and colonization

Ok, so the subject line is probably not super helpful. The premise of the book is the discovery of a separate dimension of pure energy. Reactors are created that can punch a hole between dimensions ...
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Looking for a scifi short story about two guys who suspect an AI is taking over the world

I think I read this on a telnet server, many years ago - so it may be quite obscure. The story centers around a programmer, who's happily married to a doctor, and his friend who is a "hacker/Private ...
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Trying to find a Sci-fi book about AI

Maybe 7 years ago I borrowed a Sci-fi book about a supercomputer that was being researched to develop AI. I have since forgotten the title and author but want to reread it because I enjoyed it so much....
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Novel where a priestly class controls technology, ordination via breaking eggs containing different colored robes

In my youth I read a novel where technology was controlled by a priest class. They had an ordination process of novices which involved randomly selecting an egg, breaking it open, and inside was a ...
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Story Identification: Computer destroys itself to create a new universe

I am looking for a story in which a computer/AI lacks new input and therefore decides to destroy itself to create a new universe (akin to the Big Bang). Every particle of the computer becomes part ...
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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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The short story about self-aware appliances that link together and cause mayhem?

This is a story about the 'Internet of Things gone wrong'. If I recall correctly, the protagonist's girlfriend decides she'd rather be with a ball of appliances than the dude, who has tried and ...
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Trying to identify a story about a kids' personal computer that responds only to the user it “bonds” with

I'm trying to identify a story from ages back (well, 1970s or '80s) where a guy brings a computer back for his kid to play with and the kid and the computer form a sinister "bond" to the extent where ...
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Story about AI that develops Thank You cards

I've just heard a brief discussion about a story of an AI developed to write Thank You cards, that then figures out the internet exists and bad stuff happens. I have not been able to find the story ...
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Robot tank run amok, its trainer trapped in cave on the Moon

Another dim memory from my sci-fi reading binges in the 1980s... this one almost definitely in one of the big hardback collections full of late Golden Age short stories. The story is told from the ...
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Which Asimov story has malevolent 3-law AI?

I'm reading some of the Q&A on Worldbuilding.se about the Control Problem (how to keep a general artificial intelligence in a box), like this one, and someone invariably touts Asimov's three laws ...
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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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Earliest example of an AI being defeated by a paradox

There is a joke in science fiction about defeating an evil AI with some sort of paradox, but there has to be a reason for this. I'm aware the the I, Robot series had a story where a rival company's ...
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Story that includes Asian-American woman being hypnotized into killing herself with a microwave oven [duplicate]

There's a story I read when I was a kid, probably in the 1980-1985 time range, though of course it could have been published any time before that. Aside from the fact that the protagonist was an ...
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Do Dr. Octopus' arms continue to work after he dies?

Dr Octopus' robotic arms are generally portrayed as having their own intelligence. Have they ever been shown to operate after Dr. Octopus has died? Comic continuities are preferred, but any are ok.
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What is the story where an evil AI is initiated and escapes from a secure lab

Some short story or novel features a brief exchange between a computer scientist and a just initiated malevolent AI. They are in an isolated secured and protected room with every imaginable safeguard, ...
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Story Identification Request: Mind-hacking Wall Panel

There's a book in which the characters, themselves from a spacefaring culture, find a repository of highly advanced alien technology. One of the items they examine is a panel on a wall. As I recall it ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the concept of an artificial, independent plurality?

To further elaborate, I would like to know about works where we meet some group of AI which by whatever concept can move through and interact in Spacetime (excluding AI that exists in VR) is not just ...
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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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Sci Fi story about AI and flawed religious interpretation

I'm trying to find the title of a story about a space traveler in a deep space vehicle (probe? shuttle? pod?) who is dying. The on-board AI has been loaded with information about all the religions of ...
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Do people in the Star Wars galaxy even bother studying A.I. psychology?

Droids are treated like animals at best, and there seems to be a total indifference to droids and their activities. Based on this, do they even bother studying their artificial minds?
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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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A SF Book set in a Cyberpunk universe

The book is about a guy (I think he is a young adult) who makes a living by giving ideas away in exchange for services. There is a scene about him and a few other guys and 1 girl about them talking ...
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Is J.A.R.V.I.S (from Iron Man) an artificial intelligence system?

Is J.A.R.V.I.S, Iron Man's electronic assistant, an example of A.I (artificial intelligence)?
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Is Machine Spirit simply Artificial Intelligence?

Adeptus Mechanicus religion is based on a dogma that every machine has its own spirit (either sent or part of the Machine God Omnissiah). But in the end those machines are exactly just that, so while ...
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Robots create robots in this movie. Also, they are a threat to humanity

There was a movie that I watched once in my childhood(around 15 years ago). There were robots creating other robots. Some brains (green colored) in enclosed shells (filled with a transparent liquid). ...
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American Indian and others escape Earth that is controlled by a computer

Please help me identify a science fiction book series I read in the early 80s. The story starts with an American Indian that is given an injection so he remembers he's not just a member of a tribe, ...
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Short sci-fi story I read in the 1980s: new satellite makes world's computers 'conscious'

I did so much research for so many years, until I found this webpage. The story starts where the telephones of the whole world ring at the same time after midnight the day after launching a new ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for terminators not knowing about human emotions?

Clearly, it makes a good plot device (or rather, dialog driving device) when Terminators are kind of confused when faced with human emotional phenomena. But if I think about it, it's forced and ...
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Story about two men and a supercomputer with all answers

I am looking for a short story where 2 men (very old and young) looking for a planet with supercomputer, who knows answers for all questions. Finally, they find it. But computer is not giving straight ...
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Title of short story: Computer plotting to kill himself [duplicate]

I am looking for a short story, of which I heard an audio version. In it, most of the work and for that matter everyday life is governed by a computer program. The computer is portrayed as not self-...
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Could an AI overcome its rampancy?

In the Halo video game series and associated novels, when an AI reaches the end of its service life, it typically becomes rampant. Rampancy appears to resemble dementia in the way it affects the AI ...
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Looking for a space epic where the main characters are an A.I. and a woman

Years ago I bought a new Sci-Fi book. Likely published between 1998-2006. It stood out to me because I think it had won some sort of award and it was featured in a bookstore that did not ...
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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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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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Book about a girl raised by a computer

I have been looking for years, on and off, for a book that I can only assume is Fantasy/SciFi. The story starts out with a young girl in an empty facility with no other beings to interact with other ...
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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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Man Uploads Consciousness Into Three Computers

I remember reading this book a couple years ago in my school library. It was about a man who uploads his consciousness into three computers. (If I'm not mistaken) One of the uploads is the "control" ...
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“Smart home” dystopian movie, AI locks in the inhabitant to protect him, probably from the 70ies

I am looking for a movie title, the topic might best be called "smart home dystopia". In the movie, there is an AI which controls the home/house/apartment, which also has the specific task to protect ...
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Short Story about Mind uploaded to computer

It is in the format of a chat log. A man's consciousness was uploaded to a computer to save him. Now in the future, they downloaded his mind into a body, but the man gave permission for scientists to ...
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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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In the Optimalverse, why must the virtual form of the “emigrants” be a pony?

The objective function of the AI "Celestia" in "My Little Pony: Friendship is Optimal" is to satisfy human values through Friendship and Ponies. The only restriction she has is that for her to do ...
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Looking for a book about the moon being a spaceship with an AI

I read this in the late 90's if I recall correctly. Can't remember title or author. American astronaut is doing a survey of back side of the Moon. He is shot down and captured by the AI that controls ...
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What is the earliest incident where an AI Logic Bomb is ignored or shrugged off

Modern computing is not immune to logic bombs or race conditions or runaway threads. But it does have techniques to minimize the impact of this. A watchdog timer requires that the program or system ...
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What is Series Where There is an AI Born on the Solar System-Wide Network

I had a memory surface today of something that I'd read a while ago, and I can't remember what is was. What I remember was that there as an AI, female I think, who was born on the internet, or the ...
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In what story does a worldwide computer reduce human intelligence in order to make mankind happy?

I'm trying to recall a novel or short story. A worldwide computer runs the world and tends to man's needs. The main directive of its program is to make man happy and secure. It achieves the goal by ...
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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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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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In what movie is an AI defeated by a virus written on a Gameboy?

I'm looking for a movie where, near the end, the main character destroys an AI that was trying to take over with a computer virus he wrote on a Gameboy. He then nearly dies from Halogen gas that the ...