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Q&A How to Convince Humans to Allow a Machine Take-Over

In a lot of stories there are fights between man and machine; rogue AI that has decided humans are inferior in some respect and chooses to wipe them out. What if the only chance for any remnant of...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Varrick‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by celtschk‭

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Q&A Is it possible to retrofit white blood cells with neural network technology to fight infection?

I have been toying the idea of fusing our white blood cells which search and destroy malicious foreign bodies with artificial intelligence to fight various disease causing pathogens, my worry is th...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A How could two AIs "battle" within a closed off computer?

This is not so much for a story as much as something I've been thinking about for a while. I'm really drawn to the idea of a sort of world that exists on a server somewhere. The "˜gods' that eve...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Alex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Alex‭

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Q&A How to handle transhumanism vs space colonization

Given the difficulties in doing things like constructing O'Neil cylinders or habitats on places like Mars, is it at all plausible that current humans could ever really colonize anything in space? I...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭

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Q&A Finding ways to robots feel pleasure

Given a world where a human-like brain is synthetizable, I wonder: A human-like artificial brain would most likely crave sensorial overwhelm. Pleasure to humans is something deeply associated with...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Guilherme Vogt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Guilherme Vogt‭

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Q&A Why would an AI only give limited information to humans?

I'm thinking about an AI similar to The Machine from Person of Interest but in a generally more advanced setting, and with a likely more broad goal of serving as a shepherd for humanity as opposed ...

19 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭

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Q&A How to prevent ship's AI from initiating self destruct sequence regardless of captain's permission?

Set in a distant future, every interstellar spaceship runs on antimatter propulsion which can achieve fractional speed of light travel. There is a doctrine stating that all spaceships with mass exc...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Intelligent life from trial by wildfires

In my question: Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires Due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere An answer was proposed for a kind of "Boom Bust Cycle". The atmosphere has little CO2 but a lot of O2. W...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Aezyc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aezyc‭

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Q&A Individualist Intelligence

Under what circumstances could an inherently individualist species become intelligent and advanced? Usually, animals require social interaction for intelligence to develope. Or at least that's wha...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aezyc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aezyc‭

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Q&A Why would anyone build robots when they have human rights?

I have read (and answered) the question: "If true artificially intelligent robots could be built, would they be allowed human rights?". But let's explore the topic from the other direction. Let's...

20 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Philipp‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Philipp‭

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Q&A Design for an AI built spaceship

In this futuristic setting an AI being has built an interstellar spaceship solely for itself, no humans or other life forms will be needed to maintain it or be passengers. Because of the AI being,...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RandySavage‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RandySavage‭

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Q&A What material could be used to replicate body fat in an advanced android/ humanoid robot?

I think that robots in the future will have to have a system similar to adipose tissue that would have similar functions of those of people and animals. I believe that if an android is supposed to ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sabrine Crystal Santos‭

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Q&A Malicious Infection Transmitted Across Outer Space

If an extraterrestrial race were to send a signal to earth containing a virus (technological or psychological), how could that signal then infect our technology and then be received by humans?

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user72495‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user72495‭

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Q&A Rights of AIs in far future

We've just started 36th century, humanity is colonizing stars right and left. Technology is well developed, you know, typical Sci-Fi stuff. In 23rd century we finally were able to create true AI. ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Guy with jewels' names‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Guy with jewels' names‭

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Q&A Way to prove you are human when the Turing test is not sufficient

In a story I am working on there are 5 AI on a space station of varying levels of social, image recognition and general intelligence. At least one is good enough to pass a Turing test and do image ...

28 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Hershberger‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Charlie Hershberger‭

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Q&A How to monetize uploaded consciousness?

In 2039, our company was the first to bring a safe and reliable solution to upload someone's mind to the cloud. Although it was 10 years ago, you probably remember the news, don't you? We guarantee...

28 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A Why would an AI overlord want to give their robot citizens emotion?

In my world, a hyper-intelligent AI has struck out on their own to form a perfect, mechanized empire, populated by loyal robot citizens, devoted to the overlord as a child would be devoted to their...

21 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cobbington‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cobbington‭

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Q&A Would it make sense to mine/industrialize the planet Mercury with AI?

My question is more science-based than hard sci-fi. Basically, I'm envisioning a scenario in which technology is advanced enough that life has spread through the solar system, and this mostly via s...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by dozTK421‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dozTK421‭

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Q&A Myelination in cephalopods

I am a complete amateur regarding biology, so please forgive me if this question is a little stupid. Could we ever create squids that have human-level intelligence and could serve as a replacement ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭

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Q&A What's the deciding factor in what my Foresight can predict?

When you have foresight, it's guaranteed that confusion will be your epitaph (thumbs up to the one person who gets the joke). Basically, it only grants you advantage on actions, so you still can't ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Would it be possible for species to become sapient without using tools?

Set in a parallel universe, in a galaxy far far away, an Earth-like planet orbiting a yellow dwarf star with the mass of 1 solar mass. And yes, indeed that planet comes with a natural satellite tha...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What goals to give to a desirable optimizer AI?

Most of people knowing a bit about AI know the concept of paper-clipper, an AI that was meant to produce more paperclips and eventually turn the entire universe into paperclips at maximum efficienc...

10 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by SF.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SF.‭

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Q&A Humans as Pets?

Related, and in continuation to The Challenge of Controlling an Advanced AI. At this point in my story, I'm assuming a got-out-of-the-box-AI scenario, where no singleton (a single self-coherent dom...

18 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

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Q&A Reality check - cognitive cyborg with an advanced brain-computer interface

I am going to finally create a human cyborg with super-intelligence to beat an AI. It's mid 2050's and my company Neuroconnect has produced a nanotechnology BCI (brain computer interface) capable ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by J. Doe‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by J. Doe‭

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Q&A Why is transplanting a specific intact brain impossible if it is generally possible?

In the near future Science Fiction novel I am writing, the personality and memory of a person are transferred to an artificial brain after a fatal accident, creating an artificial intelligence with...

15 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the highest possible IQ score (that a perfect AI could score)?

As a small part of a SciFi story, a fully developed AI developed by advanced aliens (who think quantum computing is a neat, but outdated technology) happens to visit modern-day Earth. I'm talking a...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Tom‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tom‭

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Q&A If there were no space agencies, could a person go to space?

I'm writing a story and I was thinking about the ending in advance. I posted a question about how the population would be wiped out. I have developed from that and thought about the virus having no...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by FluxedScript‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by FluxedScript‭

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Q&A The Challenge of Controlling a Powerful AI

By now, everyone is familiar with the remarkable achievements of special-purpose AIs like Deep Blue and Watson. Now, it is clear that as our accumulated knowledge of algorithmic methods and of the ...

27 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

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Q&A How can my android "die" permanently?

For this sci-fi story/world hat I'm building, I'm introducing my androids which, while having intelligence closer to a human, are still just machines in nature. Theoretically one can destroy the bo...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TGCF ‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TGCF ‭

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Q&A Externally monitoring CPU/SSD activity without software access

A secret government organization created the largest and most advanced computer cluster ever. Ridiculous amounts of money went into it, and it is decades ahead of the competition. The goal of thi...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by conman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by conman‭

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Q&A Best species to breed to intelligence

I've included more background below, but the TL;DR is that you're a lone immortal who's decided to breed some species of animal to a human-level intelligence (over the course of hundreds of thousan...

16 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Kofthefens‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Kofthefens‭

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Q&A How could an uplifted falcon's brain work?

In JJBA: Stardust Crusaders, there was a two-parter with a falcon stand-user, called Pet Shop, as the antagonist. The character kinda intrigued me, so I decided to steal it while Araki wasn't watch...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Reality Check: Plausibility of a new kind of sentient alien race: Split prehensile tail, quadrupedal, very floofy!

In building an sentient alien that is unique among the sea of humanoids, I aspire to explore quadrupeds. For a quick visual reference, this is what I have: proportions are definitely off, but in ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Duncan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Duncan‭

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Q&A Is there any advantage to have A.I. being able to experience loneliness?

Let get this straight being lonely is different from solitude, human is arguably one of the most successful animals ever to walk on two. The secret lies in social interaction, the early humans hunt...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A How to prevent self-modifying A.I. from removing the "kill switch" itself without human interference?

All A.I. comes with a built-in safety mechanism that prevent their kind from ever doing harm to a human or humanity, it is the last straw should they pose any real threat to our safety. A century ...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A How would an AI self awareness kill switch work?

Researchers are developing increasingly powerful Artificial Intelligence machines capable of taking over the world. As a precautionary measure, scientists install a self awareness kill switch. In t...

21 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Reactgular‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Reactgular‭

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Q&A Given a Computer program that had self preservation and reproduction subroutines, how could it "evolve" into a self aware state?

Preface Evolution is great for trial and error over millennia. It creates wonderfully intelligent creatures that are suitable for a variety of habitats. All it needs to start with is a creature th...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Sidney‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Sidney‭

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Q&A Ways to "kill" an AI?

Let's say two super-intelligent, self-improving AIs have, for whatever reason, decided "THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!", and are now trying to kill/delete each other. How would they conceivably go about do...

15 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A Reason for an exterior control panel on a space ship

In my story, the AI on a space ship has been corrupted, causing it to try to kill all living occupants. The ship is on a collision course with a planet, and the main controls are inoperable due t...

31 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ScienceKeanu‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ScienceKeanu‭

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Q&A Why bother programming facial expressions for artificial intelligence if humans are bad at recognising them?

Set in the near future, robots and mankind coexist amicably due to the great technological advancement in robotics and artificial intelligence. They are everywhere and some took a human form. All o...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A How fast could a directed breeding program turn another Earth species intelligent?

There is no genetic engineering allowed, just selected breeding and offspring selection. There is no genome sequencing, imagine medieval technology plus mendelian principles. The laws of heredity a...

9 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

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Q&A Building An Android

I'm in the midst of writing a space opera, and there are several characters that are sentient androids and I need some help with their physiology. I have them set up with small fusion cores for pow...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by JTriptych‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JTriptych‭

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Q&A The Matrix: How to drag it out for as long as possible

In an unfortunate miscommunication between a director and the special-effects company, a request for a prop version of The Matrix got mistaken for a request for the real thing. The director's goin...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Cort Ammon - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Cort Ammon - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Brain-construct

I am currently reading an eternal golden braid, i've gotten as far as several lengthy chapters about the brain. He talks about neurons and symbols, what 'meaning' is and there is a lot of hypothe...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Adam‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Adam‭

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Q&A Devising the rationale for forced Mind Uploading?

I'm currently working on a story involving a refugee group of people escaping their society, which has made uploading a copy of their consciousness in to a virtual reality system obligatory. Howeve...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ani ben‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ani ben‭

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Q&A What is the safest way to detect superintelligence?

Computer scientists have created an AI that they hope has intelligence far superior to a human being. But they do not know how intelligent it is ... a bit more than humans, or unimaginably more. Th...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ghosts_in_the_code‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ghosts_in_the_code‭

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Q&A How to create a genetically high IQ population while avoiding regression to the mean as much as possible?

Let's say we have a group of high IQ individuals of a sizeable number. In what manner should they reproduce in order to maximise the odds of creating a genetically high IQ population over several g...

11 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Logan545‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Logan545‭

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Q&A How much smarter would bred humans become?

I'm building a setting in a fictional Latin American country which is under military rule. The junta starts a breeding program in the late 40's with help from unscrupulous escaped Nazi scientists....

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Geonosis‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Geonosis‭

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Q&A Evolution without the reflex arc

How would evolution have changed without the "reflex arc", if all reflexes had to go through the brain instead of the spinal cord? Would intelligent species be able to evolve?

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Beta Decay‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Beta Decay‭

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Q&A Why might Androids be designed to rewrite their programming?

Let's say that in the future, artificial humanoid computers [Androids] are built to serve as a workforce. Why might a company designed these androids to rewrite their own programming? In such that ...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Uncle Tres‭

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