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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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Why are AI systems almost always feminine?

I'm curious about this, as to why most of the AI systems found in spaceships and other "advanced" technologies tend to be more female-oriented. Female-oriented as in, the entirety of the ship/...
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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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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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Title of story/book: Super intelligent computer-program being tested at space-station

I'm pretty sure I read this story at Baen Free Library, but as they've taken down most stories to re-organize, I don't remember the title. I'm not sure if it was a book by itself or just a story in a ...
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Title/Author of Science Fiction Story Involving AI and its Creator…and the Moon!

I have been sifting through the eroding and fragmented memories I have regarding a science fiction story I read in college about a decade ago. My desperate assault on Google -- which has now lasted a ...
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Trying to identify a short story about a psychologist

I cannot remember title nor author, but a plot summary is: A man wakes up in a strange room, goes to the door and find it locked. There is a computer terminal in the room. He sits at the terminal ...
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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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Scifi novel from 90's with AI, robots, and a holodeck-like room

Can't recall what any of the title would be or who the author was. But the book involved the main character meeting a rich genius with a private island. He has an AI as his central computer, and it ...
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What is the book where an AI-controlled satellite weapon is destroying energy sources on earth?

I am trying to find the title and author of a book I read some years ago. The only plot point I can remember is that an AI-controlled satellite weapon is destroying energy sources on earth - right ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In Greg Bear's novel Moving Mars, what is the name of the Turing-test-like test they used to validate artificial intelligences?

It's a test developed by some fictional psychologist and named after the same (like the Turing Test). In the same vein as Voigt-Kampf I suppose, but AIs eventually managed to pass even this test too.
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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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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 where a main computer can tell if someone is even thinking of committing a crime

I remember reading a sci-fi short story where society was controlled by a computer where any human thought was known by the computer and people were arrested even if they thought about something that ...
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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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Short story sub versus a spaceship

Looking for the name of a short story. It was about an AI submarine that woke up one day and did battle with an invading spaceship that was hiding underwater in preparation to invade the earth. The ...
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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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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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1970s: Student creates complex program, forgets about it, and it becomes intelligent and finds him years later

This book came out of the 1970s (early 1980's) at the latest. In it the protagonist, a not so diligent student, gets turned on to computer programming and creates (I think..) a weather program. ...
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Space ship manned by only AI returns home to a different earth, back in time

I read this short story 30 years or more ago. A space ship is returning home to Earth from a battle. There are no people on board this ship, only an AI and the ship's computer. When the ship tries to ...
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Story about finding if an A.I. has a soul before deciding to turn it off

There was a story many years ago about an artificial intelligence that was created to aid researchers by absorbing knowledge in many fields. It would digest the information for a researcher and see if ...
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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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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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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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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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Identifying an '80s TV episode or movie with a boy whose consciousness was programmed into a computer

I remember watching a TV show in the eighties - either a standalone movie or an episode of a series, I can't be sure which. The plot was about a young boy (teenager or late preteen) who was a genius ...
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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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Book with a self-improving neuronal computer [duplicate]

In my youth (I'd guess about early 90's) I read a book written from the point of view of a young female psychologist who gets an employment offer from an ultra-rich wunderkind. When she arrives at her ...
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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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Very short story about AIs negotiating

I read this story less than a year ago and it was online. I think I read it shortly after it was written. I'm almost certain it's from 2010 or later. It started with a super-intelligent AI waking up. ...
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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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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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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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Short book involving a car crash and artificial humans

I read this book several years ago and can't remember the title. The protagonist was a girl who was in a car accident. After the accident, her family moves to a new, secluded neighborhood, where she ...
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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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70's/80's Short story man uses PC to compensate for progressive memory loss then they die in suicide pact

I've been looking for years for a short story I read in late 1970's or early 80's. I think I remember it was in a collection of award winners, book may have come from Scholastic or similar program. A ...
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A book about a world cut off, heiress raised as a pleasure girl, and broken A.I

Got the title from a list of fairly new authors about 6 years ago (around 2010ish). The main character is raised to be a prostitute/geisha as an orphan. Turns out she is the last person left of a "...
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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 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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Story with a supercomputer with a God complex

I can't remember the title or author in which a new super computer is built and it answers the question... Is there a god? (omninously) with There is now.
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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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Looking for a story about a post-apocalyptic earth where an AI learns about humanity

Eventually grows a person in a lab and transfers his consciousness, and so does a/the other AI present on the Earth.
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Rogue AI story mentioned by Stephen Hawking on Last Week Tonight [duplicate]

On the seventh episode of Last Week Tonight John Oliver interviews Stephen Hawking about his warning against the dangers of AI. Here's part of the exchange: Artificial intelligence could be a real ...
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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, ...