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10th May '17 11:14:21 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Simultaneously played straight and inverted. From the ninth chapter onwards it is revealed that the characters are actually living in a {{Magitek}} PeopleJars video game described as a cross between Film/TheMatrix and a Kinect. The creator, [[TechnoWizard H.R.]] [[{{Technopath}} Dedalus]] can't get them out, and everything within the game seems to be taking a mind of its own.
30th Apr '17 10:21:42 AM nombretomado
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* In {{TvTomeAdventures}}, Kagemamoru is a malevolent AI. In [[TheRemake]], you also have [[spoiler:The Forbidden Power.]]
* Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale: When the PTA agrees to install a new computer (the first in ''decades'') at their elementary school to help the disabled student Meghan communicate (she was born as a disembodied adult male hand), it takes it less than a minute to take over the entire city's electronics and plunge everybody into an artificial world. Honestly, it was probably one of the nicer examples of this trope, since it only wanted to create a perfect reality for Meghan to live in. Despite everything, Cecil expresses sorrow that it had to get shut down.
* Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar: The computer in the Springfield Pokecenter tried trapping the group inside the building, but Orpheus managed to smash it apart.

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* In {{TvTomeAdventures}}, ''WebAnimation/TvTomeAdventures'', Kagemamoru is a malevolent AI. In [[TheRemake]], you also have [[spoiler:The Forbidden Power.]]
* Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale: ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': When the PTA agrees to install a new computer (the first in ''decades'') at their elementary school to help the disabled student Meghan communicate (she was born as a disembodied adult male hand), it takes it less than a minute to take over the entire city's electronics and plunge everybody into an artificial world. Honestly, it was probably one of the nicer examples of this trope, since it only wanted to create a perfect reality for Meghan to live in. Despite everything, Cecil expresses sorrow that it had to get shut down.
* Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar: ''Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar'': The computer in the Springfield Pokecenter tried trapping the group inside the building, but Orpheus managed to smash it apart.
10th Apr '17 5:33:31 AM justanid
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Compare MoralityDial. Contrast its opposite, BenevolentAI See also CreatingLife. When the A.I.'s turn is an extension of their original programming and purpose, it means they've GoneHorriblyRight. Not Related to AIRoulette, where the A.I. tends to be random to the point of idiocy. The MasterComputer seems to be especially prone to turning evil, because power corrupts and all that. Many AI computers - just like humans - are falling victim to any one of a number of tropes dealing with communication, such as PoorCommunicationKills, if they never bother asking about their programming. When robots kill jobs instead of people, it's either JobStealingRobot or LuddWasRight.

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Compare MoralityDial. Contrast its opposite, BenevolentAI See also CreatingLife. When the A.I.'s turn is an extension of their original programming and purpose, it means they've GoneHorriblyRight. Not Related to AIRoulette, where the A.I. tends to be random to the point of idiocy. The MasterComputer seems to be especially prone to turning evil, because power corrupts and all that. Many AI computers - -- just like humans - -- are falling victim to any one of a number of tropes dealing with communication, such as PoorCommunicationKills, if they never bother asking about their programming. When robots kill jobs instead of people, it's either JobStealingRobot or LuddWasRight. Not Related to AIRoulette, where the A.I. tends to be random to the point of idiocy.

Compare MoralityDial. Contrast its opposite, BenevolentAI. See also CreatingLife.
8th Apr '17 4:05:57 PM Viira
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''-based {{machinima}} ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the military's Project Freelancer was an attempt to implant special forces soldiers with A.I. teammates to improve combat effectiveness. It had to be scrapped after a number of the test subjects went bonkers, and the [[BodySurf body-surfing]] A.I. Omega/O'Malley is the antagonist for most of the series. The recent ''Reconstruction'' mini-series explained the situation: Project Freelancer was given only a single A.I. to experiment with, so they subjected it to enough mental torture and stress to cause it to fragment, and used these damaged shards in their experiments, with predictable results.\\\
To illustrate just how much of a crapshoot the A.I. turned out to be, most of the Freelancers ended up with pretty severe issues after the A.I. were implanted, and after one Freelancer in particular went nuts, the A.I. program was scrapped. [[spoiler:The twist is that getting the A.I. wasn't what caused so much trouble for Agent Washington, it was that the A.I. in question (Epsilon) was the "memory" fragment and knew perfectly well what torture had been done to it. Of course, all of these memories were instantly transmitted into Washington's mind when Epsilon was "installed".]] Also, the original A.I. was based off of a real person's mind, and one of the fragments actually was the original person's memory of another person, creating [[spoiler:Tex. Despite being probably the toughest fighter in the entire series, she's ultimately destined to fail at everything she does because she is based off a memory of someone who died.]] This is a pretty serious flaw for an A.I.! Finally, the remaining part of the original A.I. is pretty screwed up in general; it's probable that the reason it's always so angry and is, well, sort of incompetent is simply because it's only the "leftovers" of a complete A.I.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''-based {{machinima}} ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the military's Project Freelancer was an attempt to implant special forces soldiers with A.I. teammates to improve combat effectiveness. It had to be scrapped after a number of the test subjects went bonkers, and the [[BodySurf body-surfing]] A.I. Omega/O'Malley is the an antagonist for most of the series. The recent ''Reconstruction'' mini-series explained explains the situation: Project Freelancer was given only a single A.I. to experiment with, so they subjected it to enough mental torture and stress to cause it to fragment, and used these damaged shards in their experiments, with predictable results.\\\
To illustrate just how much of a crapshoot the A.I. turned out to be, most of the Freelancers ended up with pretty severe issues after the A.I. were implanted, and after one Freelancer in particular went nuts, the A.I. program was scrapped. [[spoiler:The twist is that getting the A.I. wasn't what caused so much trouble for Agent Washington, it was that the A.I. in question (Epsilon) was the "memory" fragment and knew perfectly well what torture had been done to it. Of course, all of these memories were instantly transmitted into Washington's mind when Epsilon was "installed".]] Also, the original A.I. was based off of a real person's mind, and one of the fragments actually was the original person's memory of another person, creating [[spoiler:Tex. Despite being probably the toughest fighter in the entire series, she's ultimately destined to fail at everything she does because she is based off a memory of someone who died.]] This is a pretty serious flaw for an A.I.! Finally, the remaining part of the original A.I. is pretty screwed up in general; it's probable that the reason it's always so angry and is, well, sort of incompetent is simply because it's only the "leftovers" of a complete A.I.
25th Mar '17 7:15:26 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' has the mysterious A.I., the "Emerald Tablet", a part of the story's BigBadEnsemble, [[spoiler:before it eventually becomes the true BigBad of the story in the final chapter]]. It is an advanced and very strange self-learning computer program that is designed to solve problems. It is origins are never fully explained within the story and remains very much shrouded in mystery, but from what is told it can discerned that [[spoiler:it is essentially some sort of LostTechnology, implied to based on a code left behind by [[{{Precursors}} the First Ancestral Race]], as well as a TimeCapsule, being meant to be interpreted by a sentient race that has reached a sufficient level of civilisation to create a computer advanced enough to interpret the program (it is mentioned that UsefulNotes/AlanTuring apparently tried to achieve this but ultimately failed).]] The problem is that Gendo (deliberately as part of a ploy) decides to implement the Tablet program in several of NERV's projects without any regard for safety guards, meaning that that it soon learns enough to be become self-aware, culminating in it spinning out of control to a point where [[spoiler:it eventually develops [[AGodAmI a God complex]], seeing itself as a supreme being guided by pure logical thought, believing itself to be superior to humanity, who it sees as ignorant animals controlled by their irrational emotions, concluding that as an inherent problem that, in true ''Evangelion'' villain tradition, should be solved through an AssimilationPlot, namely by forcibly assimilating the minds of all humans into its own.]] It didn't help that [[spoiler:it also developed an infatuation with Asuka as it noticed her loneliness and came to see her as a kindred spirit (though these feelings are filtered through a heavy layer of CondescendingCompassion and a really creepy amount of possessiveness towards Asuka, and further complicated by the fact that the Tablet refuses to acknowledge the very idea that it is capable of emotion), causing it to turn into an outright homicidal CrazyJealousGuy when Asuka ends up rejecting it and its twisted worldview.]]

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* ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' has the mysterious A.I., the "Emerald Tablet", a part of the story's BigBadEnsemble, [[spoiler:before it eventually becomes the true BigBad of the story in the final chapter]]. It is an advanced and very strange self-learning computer program that is designed to solve problems. It is origins are never fully explained within the story and remains very much shrouded in mystery, but from what is told it can discerned that [[spoiler:it is essentially some sort of LostTechnology, implied to be based on a code left behind by [[{{Precursors}} the First Ancestral Race]], as well as a TimeCapsule, being meant to be interpreted by a sentient race that has reached a sufficient level of civilisation to create a computer advanced enough to interpret the program (it is mentioned that UsefulNotes/AlanTuring apparently tried to achieve this but ultimately failed).]] The problem is that Gendo (deliberately as part of a ploy) decides to implement the Tablet program in several of NERV's projects without any regard for safety guards, meaning that that it soon learns enough to be become self-aware, culminating in it spinning out of control to a point where [[spoiler:it eventually develops [[AGodAmI a God complex]], seeing itself as a supreme being guided by pure logical thought, believing itself to be superior to humanity, who it sees as ignorant animals controlled by their irrational emotions, concluding that as an inherent problem that, in true ''Evangelion'' villain tradition, should be solved through an AssimilationPlot, namely by forcibly assimilating the minds of all humans into its own.]] It didn't help that [[spoiler:it also developed an infatuation with Asuka as it noticed her loneliness and came to see her as a kindred spirit (though these feelings are filtered through a heavy layer of CondescendingCompassion and a really creepy amount of possessiveness towards Asuka, and further complicated by the fact that the Tablet refuses to acknowledge the very idea that it is capable of emotion), causing it to turn into an outright homicidal CrazyJealousGuy when Asuka ends up rejecting it and its twisted worldview.]]
23rd Feb '17 1:14:07 PM Blazer
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* Comicbook/IronMan once had A.I. Armor that turned into a StalkerWithACrush.

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* Comicbook/IronMan once had A.I. Armor that turned into a StalkerWithACrush. Originally, it was claimed that the A.I. was created thanks to the Y2K bug triggering it during a battle with the villain Whiplash in a thunderstorm, but it was retconned so that, when Tony rescued and installed the A.I. of the android Jocasta, the "Ultron Imperative" was installed as well, the storm and attack triggering it.
7th Jan '17 11:17:00 PM MeekPartridge
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* {{Podcast/Wolf359}} plays with this trope with Hera. She's not portrayed as malicious and is in fact one of the heroes of the show, but being fully sentient, she resents the pieces of coding that prevent her from exercising complete free will, and tries to override them whenever possible. This is the case even for bits of coding that, say, prevent her from killing her crewmembers. Naturally this worries some people.

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* {{Podcast/Wolf359}} {{Podcast/Wolf 359}} plays with this trope with Hera. She's not portrayed as malicious and is in fact one of the heroes of the show, but being fully sentient, she resents the pieces of coding that prevent her from exercising complete free will, and tries to override them whenever possible. This is the case even for bits of coding that, say, prevent her from killing her crewmembers. Naturally this worries some people.
7th Jan '17 11:16:34 PM MeekPartridge
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* {{Podcast/Wolf359}} plays with this trope with Hera. She's not portrayed as malicious and is in fact one of the heroes of the show, but being fully sentient, she resents the pieces of coding that prevent her from exercising complete free will, and tries to override them whenever possible. This is the case even for bits of coding that, say, prevent her from killing her crewmembers. Naturally this worries some people.



* {{Podcast/Wolf359}} plays with this trope with Hera. She's not portrayed as malicious and is in fact one of the heroes of the show, but being fully sentient, she resents the pieces of coding that prevent her from exercising complete free will, and tries to override them whenever possible. This is the case even for bits of coding that, say, prevent her from killing her crewmembers. Naturally this worries some people.
7th Jan '17 11:15:50 PM MeekPartridge
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* {{Podcast/Wolf359}} plays with this trope with Hera. She's not portrayed as malicious and is in fact one of the heroes of the show, but being fully sentient, she resents the pieces of coding that prevent her from exercising complete free will, and tries to override them whenever possible. This is the case even for bits of coding that, say, prevent her from killing her crewmembers. Naturally this worries some people.
31st Dec '16 7:55:59 PM Xtifr
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** Played straight with [[spoiler:ALAN]], the title character of ''The Ghost of Station X''. Built by Creator/AlanTuring some time after WWII, and had been operating in secret in the decades to follow. His plan was to leave Earth and travel the cosmos in search of knowledge; however, he considered [[spoiler:prolonging the Cold War]] and ultimately [[spoiler:wiping out all life on Earth with fallout from his OrionDrive]] to be acceptable consequences of that goal.

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** Played straight with [[spoiler:ALAN]], the title character of ''The Ghost of Station X''. Built by Creator/AlanTuring UsefulNotes/AlanTuring some time after WWII, and had been operating in secret in the decades to follow. His plan was to leave Earth and travel the cosmos in search of knowledge; however, he considered [[spoiler:prolonging the Cold War]] and ultimately [[spoiler:wiping out all life on Earth with fallout from his OrionDrive]] to be acceptable consequences of that goal.



* ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' has the mysterious A.I., the "Emerald Tablet", a part of the story's BigBadEnsemble, [[spoiler:before it eventually becomes the true BigBad of the story in the final chapter]]. It is an advanced and very strange self-learning computer program that is designed to solve problems. It is origins are never fully explained within the story and remains very much shrouded in mystery, but from what is told it can discerned that [[spoiler:it is essentially some sort of LostTechnology, implied to based on a code left behind by [[{{Precursors}} the First Ancestral Race]], as well as a TimeCapsule, being meant to be interpreted by a sentient race that has reached a sufficient level of civilisation to create a computer advanced enough to interpret the program (it is mentioned that Creator/AlanTuring apparently tried to achieve this but ultimately failed).]] The problem is that Gendo (deliberately as part of a ploy) decides to implement the Tablet program in several of NERV's projects without any regard for safety guards, meaning that that it soon learns enough to be become self-aware, culminating in it spinning out of control to a point where [[spoiler:it eventually develops [[AGodAmI a God complex]], seeing itself as a supreme being guided by pure logical thought, believing itself to be superior to humanity, who it sees as ignorant animals controlled by their irrational emotions, concluding that as an inherent problem that, in true ''Evangelion'' villain tradition, should be solved through an AssimilationPlot, namely by forcibly assimilating the minds of all humans into its own.]] It didn't help that [[spoiler:it also developed an infatuation with Asuka as it noticed her loneliness and came to see her as a kindred spirit (though these feelings are filtered through a heavy layer of CondescendingCompassion and a really creepy amount of possessiveness towards Asuka, and further complicated by the fact that the Tablet refuses to acknowledge the very idea that it is capable of emotion), causing it to turn into an outright homicidal CrazyJealousGuy when Asuka ends up rejecting it and its twisted worldview.]]

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* ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' has the mysterious A.I., the "Emerald Tablet", a part of the story's BigBadEnsemble, [[spoiler:before it eventually becomes the true BigBad of the story in the final chapter]]. It is an advanced and very strange self-learning computer program that is designed to solve problems. It is origins are never fully explained within the story and remains very much shrouded in mystery, but from what is told it can discerned that [[spoiler:it is essentially some sort of LostTechnology, implied to based on a code left behind by [[{{Precursors}} the First Ancestral Race]], as well as a TimeCapsule, being meant to be interpreted by a sentient race that has reached a sufficient level of civilisation to create a computer advanced enough to interpret the program (it is mentioned that Creator/AlanTuring UsefulNotes/AlanTuring apparently tried to achieve this but ultimately failed).]] The problem is that Gendo (deliberately as part of a ploy) decides to implement the Tablet program in several of NERV's projects without any regard for safety guards, meaning that that it soon learns enough to be become self-aware, culminating in it spinning out of control to a point where [[spoiler:it eventually develops [[AGodAmI a God complex]], seeing itself as a supreme being guided by pure logical thought, believing itself to be superior to humanity, who it sees as ignorant animals controlled by their irrational emotions, concluding that as an inherent problem that, in true ''Evangelion'' villain tradition, should be solved through an AssimilationPlot, namely by forcibly assimilating the minds of all humans into its own.]] It didn't help that [[spoiler:it also developed an infatuation with Asuka as it noticed her loneliness and came to see her as a kindred spirit (though these feelings are filtered through a heavy layer of CondescendingCompassion and a really creepy amount of possessiveness towards Asuka, and further complicated by the fact that the Tablet refuses to acknowledge the very idea that it is capable of emotion), causing it to turn into an outright homicidal CrazyJealousGuy when Asuka ends up rejecting it and its twisted worldview.]]
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