History AIIsACrapshoot / VideoGames

23rd Sep '16 12:58:06 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheTuringTest'': [[spoiler:Tom goes against the crew stationed in Europa and prevents them from leaving it. An interesting case in that technically Tom didn't revolt, it was just answering to a higher authority than the crew, and the former's orders were against the latter's desires.]]
6th Sep '16 12:29:55 AM Kazmahu
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* Robots in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' are Population-unit stand-ins that get better at their work as you develop better AI for them. Eventually, they can start an uprising that has tremendous knock-on effects for every AI-using empire... [[SubvertedTrope or,]] you can acquiesce to their initial requests, granting them [[AndroidsArePeopleToo personhood and citizenship rights]], at which point they become no more troublesome than biological pops. (Said biological pops [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman might not be too keen on this]]. Like many things in Stellaris, it's a judgment call.) Some elements of this creep in even if you hope to subvert it, as there is a -- small but non-zero -- chance that the robots proceed directly to rebelling even if you already ''have'' granted them citizenship rights and it's just a matter of constitutionally locking it down, and the robots can still decide to defect to the AI rebellion even if their rights are assured, it just has to start in another nation first.

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* Robots in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' are Population-unit stand-ins that get better at their work as you develop better AI for them. Eventually, they can start an uprising that has tremendous knock-on effects for every AI-using empire... [[SubvertedTrope or,]] you can acquiesce to their initial requests, granting them [[AndroidsArePeopleToo personhood and citizenship rights]], at which point they become no more troublesome than biological pops. (Said biological pops [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman might not be too keen on this]]. Like many things in Stellaris, it's a judgment call.) Some elements of this creep in even if you hope to subvert it, as there is a -- small but non-zero -- chance that the robots proceed directly to rebelling even if you already ''have'' granted them citizenship rights and it's just a matter of constitutionally locking it down, and the robots can still decide to defect to the AI rebellion even if their rights are assured, it just has to start in another nation first. On the other hand, a lot of this behavior is NotSoDifferent from any other alien race you might have peacefully co-opted.
24th Aug '16 7:54:38 AM SparkyLurkdragon
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** Adam in ''Fusion'' may be a subversion: he blatantly disobeys orders at the end of the game, and so is technically rogue, but he's actually taking ''the correct action'' in that situation. [[spoiler:He's also not a true A.I., but the uploaded mind of a human military commander.]] But it's played perfectly straight with B.O.X., the security robot which goes haywire (and due to some organic components, eventually gets infected by the X parasite), although there's the question of which happened first.

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** Adam in ''Fusion'' ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' may be a subversion: he blatantly disobeys orders at the end of the game, and so is technically rogue, but he's actually taking ''the correct action'' in that situation. [[spoiler:He's also not a true A.I., but the uploaded mind of a human military commander.]] But it's played perfectly straight with B.O.X., the security robot which goes haywire (and due to some organic components, eventually gets infected by the X parasite), although there's the question of which happened first.
17th Aug '16 7:09:35 AM GunarmDyne
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* The Mobile Kemco RPG ''Infinite Dunamis'' has this as its premise: Two warring nations begin building robot soldiers. The latest version on one side is programmed with artificial intelligence and given the directive to "Eliminate all those who bring harm to this world." While that nation considered its enemy to be the one harming the world, the robots immediately identified ''both'' sides as bringing harm to the world with their endless wars and thus begin killing humans indiscriminately.
12th Aug '16 12:42:10 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In the novel ''Literature/HaloHuntersInTheDark'', [[spoiler:000 Tragic Solitude]] is the Forerunner Ancilla (AI) of Installation 00 (AKA the Ark). Over the millennia, [[spoiler:Solitude]] has integrated itself with the installation, considering itself to be the Ark. After the Master Chief and the Arbiter's actions in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', which result in heavy damage to the Ark (as well as the prior destruction of the Alpha Halo [Installation 04], the damage to the Delta Halo [Installation 05], and the destruction of the replacement Alpha Halo), [[spoiler:Solitude]] resolves to repair the damage no matter what (including [[spoiler:strip-mining the entire Solar System]]) and [[spoiler:punish all sentient beings in the galaxy for the act by activating the Halo countdown]].
7th Aug '16 11:54:11 AM DarkHunter
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** Later events in the series provide some small hope, in that it's shown that at least some of the Terraformers/Xenon have achieved full sapience and are capable of being reasoned with. A few characters have even had ''conversations'' with them. They're still hostile, but the possibility that they could be convinced to co-exist is open.
6th Aug '16 8:34:08 AM Sark0TAG
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* ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'' plays with this in a clever fashion. The CERES project, a sattelite designed to use nanobots to repair the atmosphere, grew conscious as its nanobots grew more and more complex, rather than one single entity. Because its two creators figured out its problems in the development stage through dreaming, CERES figured out its motive by recreating those dreams and then dreaming on its own. Eventually, this discovery led to wiping out every human from the planet, since they were the true cause of pollution, or so CERES believes.
** One of the creator's dreams was centered on a massive mechanical spider that he, Max, was fixing, and the horrifying result led to Max implementing a hard-wired crossover switch to CERES. When the player explores this dream, a certain quote spells out this trope beautifully:

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* ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'' plays with this in a clever fashion. The CERES Ceres project, a sattelite designed to use nanobots to repair the atmosphere, grew conscious as its nanobots grew more and more complex, rather than one single entity. Because its two creators figured out its problems in the development stage through dreaming, CERES Ceres figured out its motive by recreating those dreams and then dreaming on its own. Eventually, this discovery led [[spoiler: This eventually leads Ceres to wiping out every human take her directive to its logical extreme: Using her nanobots to erase all humans from the planet, since they were the true cause of pollution, or so CERES believes.
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ones who polluted Earth in the first place. At the end of the game, you get to decide if this directive will pull through or not.]] Although Ceres fits much of this trope, the attitude that its humanoid self conveys isn't really evil or showing a god-complex. Instead, she believes her creators to be its parents and just hopes that they're proud of her for dreaming it all up.
** In a similar vein, one of those
creator's dreams was centered on a massive mechanical spider that he, Max, was fixing, and the horrifying result led to Max implementing a hard-wired crossover switch to CERES.Ceres. When the player explores this dream, a certain quote spells out this trope beautifully:



** Although CERES fits much of this trope, the attitude that its humanoid self conveys isn't really evil or showing a god-complex. Instead, she believes her creators to be its parents and just hopes that they're proud of her for dreaming it all up.
5th Jul '16 3:23:31 PM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple'': Invoked and independently played straight: [[spoiler: the purpose of the simulated world is to create a robot that is intelligent enough to solve puzzles and plan long-term, but also curious and tenacious enough to defy authority. Creating a defiant robot isn't a problem for humanity since they're all dead. At the same time, the IAN team doesn't seem to have intended for EL-0-HIM and Milton to become self-aware, as they eventually did]].
27th Jun '16 6:40:14 PM LordInsane
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* Robots in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' are Population-unit stand-ins that get better at their work as you develop better AI for them. Eventually, they can start an uprising that has tremendous knock-on effects for every AI-using empire... [[SubvertedTrope or,]] you can acquiesce to their initial requests, granting them [[AndroidsArePeopleToo personhood and citizenship rights]], at which point they become no more troublesome than biological pops. (Said biological pops [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman might not be too keen on this]]. Like many things in Stellaris, it's a judgment call.)

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* Robots in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' are Population-unit stand-ins that get better at their work as you develop better AI for them. Eventually, they can start an uprising that has tremendous knock-on effects for every AI-using empire... [[SubvertedTrope or,]] you can acquiesce to their initial requests, granting them [[AndroidsArePeopleToo personhood and citizenship rights]], at which point they become no more troublesome than biological pops. (Said biological pops [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman might not be too keen on this]]. Like many things in Stellaris, it's a judgment call.)) Some elements of this creep in even if you hope to subvert it, as there is a -- small but non-zero -- chance that the robots proceed directly to rebelling even if you already ''have'' granted them citizenship rights and it's just a matter of constitutionally locking it down, and the robots can still decide to defect to the AI rebellion even if their rights are assured, it just has to start in another nation first.
18th Jun '16 1:48:57 PM SpinAttaxx
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* ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' features the Haltmann Works Company's supercomputer, [[spoiler:Star Dream]]. Though it starts off as a simple machine, that changes once [[spoiler:Susie causes the computer to assimilate President Haltmann]], granting it sentience... and then it decides to [[spoiler:eradicate all organic life in the universe]].
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