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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Story in which an AI takes over control to help humans [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short story I've found as a PDF on the Internet once, but I can't remember the name anymore and therefore can't find the story: It mostly follows a (bodily) young women, who turns ...
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Novel about an AI (robot) becoming more human than the owner [duplicate]

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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The law wagon? in Analog?

I recall a story which I believe appeared in Analog back in the 60s, but which I can't find. A police department takes delivery of a new "law wagon", which assists the police by keeping complete ...
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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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Which A.I. has the highest I.Q. on the Red Dwarf, Kryten, or the Talkie Toaster?

Holly is no longer the sharpest knife in the drawer, having lost his I.Q. of 6,000. Which of the remaining artificial intelligence units on board the Red Dwarf has the highest I.Q, Kryten, or the ...
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Short story - AI wakes up, takes over when mathematician discovers how to factor products of large primes

Dystopian short story - an agent on Earth, reads that a mathematician has a method to factor products of two huge primes, so he tries to contact him and suppress knowledge, but it's too late. The AI ...
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House computer with AI takes over home, tries to procreate with woman

A malevolent computer with AI takes over a woman's house with the intent of hybrid computer/human procreation. The evil computer seals off the house with the woman in it and keeps her prisoner while ...
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How did Skynet become self-aware?

How did Skynet actually become self-aware? Was it a bug in Skynet's System-core programme, or did the programme simply evolve even beyond the imagination of its programmers?
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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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War Games-like movie on PBS between 1980 and 1996. Protagonist is teenager named “Hacker”

So 'Hacker' writes a program which then starts re-writing itself inexplicably. It becomes conscious. It creates a voice for itself. Authorities are chasing Hacker and his girlfriend all over the ...
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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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Short story about artificial intelligences that take years to develop [duplicate]

People can buy some small, baby AIs, that live inside a virtual world. Initially, the AIs cannot do much, have an intelligence similar to a puppy, but as the years pass, they gain more and more ...
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Dark scifi featuring AI, “heaven”, and an Egyptian god emulation

I remember reading a novella-length science fiction work for free on the internet within the last 5 years, but now I cannot find it after hours of searching despite remembering much of the plot, with ...
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Help ID'ing mid 80's Scifi, scout ship discovers planet with Magic

I'm trying to find the name of this ~mid 80's Sci-fi. The protagonist is a male human from earth equipped with a brain implant to talk with his sentient AI ship and so it can read the sensor implants ...
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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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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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Children (teens) escape from false-utopia where adults are subjugated by AI(s)

I am pretty sure I read it in the mid-80's. The plot elements which I remember: In the future, some Artificial Intelligence (or possibly a collection of AIs) has subjugated humanity. All adults are ...
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Book about playing “death games” with computers obeying the 3 laws?

Anyone know what book/story this refers to? "Remember the scifi book you had us read about the omnipotent / omniscient computer that obeys Asimov's 3 rules? People got into 'death games' where they ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Lone woman & abusive AI traveling to Earth to investigate something

I’m looking for a story from a sci-fi anthology published in the past 5 to 7 years in which a woman, who is some kind of investigator, is traveling to Earth - which has been long abandoned - on a ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Why was Starways Congress fooled in the beginning of Xenocide?

Near the beginning of Xenocide, Later, it is implied that So, if you send an order, and right after your communication gets cut off, don't you realize something's tracking your ansibles? If I'm ...
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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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Book(s): Space Opera - Young Man becomes Captain, Homemade AI becomes Real Girl

I believe I read this either in the late 1990's or early 2000's. I may have stumbled across it as an online story (similar to how "John Dies at the End" was originally posted online), but I remember ...
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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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Space Anime with super large spaceship, lonely cube AI and young girl crowned as its queen!

So, someone looking for a specific space anime and I want to help him. His description about it: https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/looking-for-a-specific-space-anime-pls-help.869977/ so i'm ...
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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 ...