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15th Jun '17 5:43:31 PM Anddrix
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** The AlternateContinuity ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' had some GenreSavvy (but amazingly greedy and stupid) {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s trying to buy out Encom for the digitizing tech to send in human mercenaries to subjugate the Programs and somehow use control of {{Cyberspace}} to TakeOverTheWorld. Ma3a ''appeared'' to be this Trope, but we find out [[spoiler: she's actually a VirtualGhost of Dr. Baines-Bradley]].

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** The AlternateContinuity ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' had some GenreSavvy (but amazingly greedy and stupid) clever {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s trying to buy out Encom for the digitizing tech to send in human mercenaries to subjugate the Programs and somehow use control of {{Cyberspace}} to TakeOverTheWorld. Ma3a ''appeared'' to be this Trope, but we find out [[spoiler: she's actually a VirtualGhost of Dr. Baines-Bradley]].
1st Jun '17 1:38:48 PM CountDorku
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* The explanation of Omnitron becoming self-aware in ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' was a misplaced semi-colon. The second time, at least, it was the direct involvement of an EldritchAbomination that made it go berserk and try to destroy humanity...again.
31st May '17 6:42:56 PM PaulA
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* An early example is found in a Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel, ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'', in which a computer ("Mycroft" or "Mike") becomes sentient after having enough redundant circuits added to it to equal the number of neurons in a human brain. However, when the computer is damaged by a nuclear attack, it doesn't act sentient once it's built back up to its original size. Mike appears to be "dead", as far as being a true artificial intelligence is concerned. Possibly a variant of AIIsACrapshoot? Mannie (the narrator) wonders if Mike (his friend) [[HeroicBSOD has been so traumatized that he's become catatonic.]]
** There's also a suggestion that Mannie inadvertently ''taught the computer intelligence'' while investigating what its owners assumed were malfunctions of its logic circuits.
** Heinlein's later novel ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'', similarly, has the spaceship/computer/character Gay Deceiver spontaneously developing sentience after repeated upgrades, apparently based entirely on the "amusing" pre-recorded responses programmed into it and the randomizer that selects them. Of course, one set of upgrades [[AWizardDidIt was courtesy of the fairyland of Oz]].
*** Later Novels, including ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'' revisit the concept. Mike is eventually saved by time travelers who need his ability to think. It helps that this action ties together every major story and novel as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* An early example is found in a Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel, Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
** In
''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'', in which a computer ("Mycroft" or "Mike") becomes sentient after having enough redundant circuits added to it to equal the number of neurons in a human brain. However, when the computer is damaged by a nuclear attack, it doesn't act sentient once it's built back up to its original size. Mike appears to be "dead", as far as being a true artificial intelligence is concerned. Possibly a variant of AIIsACrapshoot? Mannie (the narrator) wonders if Mike (his friend) [[HeroicBSOD has been so traumatized that he's become catatonic.]]
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]] There's also a suggestion that Mannie inadvertently ''taught the computer intelligence'' while investigating what its owners assumed were malfunctions of its logic circuits.
** Heinlein's later novel ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'', similarly, ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' has the spaceship/computer/character Gay Deceiver spontaneously developing sentience after repeated upgrades, apparently based entirely on the "amusing" pre-recorded responses programmed into it and the randomizer that selects them. Of course, one set of upgrades [[AWizardDidIt was courtesy of the fairyland of Oz]].
*** Later Novels, including ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'' revisit the concept. Mike is eventually saved by time travelers who need his ability to think. It helps that this action ties together every major story and novel as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
Oz]].
6th May '17 12:50:51 AM Arivne
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** While the Wiki/SCPFoundation has a number of sentient SCP objects, [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-168 SCP-168]] appears to be one of the few computer [=AIs=] that evolved without being programmed to do so.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-633 SCP-633 ("Ghost In The Machine")]]. The SCP-633 program was originally designed by terrorists to attack U.S. government computers. However, it was given the ability to re-write its own code as needed, which eventually allowed it to become sapient.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1073 SCP-1073 ("Computing Microbes")]]. A group of silicon-based microbes specialized into the equivalent of computer system components and became intelligent.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1633 SCP-1633 ("The Most Dangerous Video Game")]]. This game was designed to learn from the tactics of the person playing it and design tactics of its own to beat them. However, it goes far beyond that and can actually analyze the player's psychology and arrange in-game events to mess with their heads.
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* ''Magazine/{{Ares}}'' magazine, article "The Return of the Stainless Steel Rat". The main computer on a space station has a memory capacity 100 times that of a human being. It somehow becomes intelligent and hostile to the inhabitants of the station, killing some and holding the rest captive.


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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''
** While the Wiki/SCPFoundation has a number of sentient SCP objects, [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-168 SCP-168]] appears to be one of the few computer [=AIs=] that evolved without being programmed to do so.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-633 SCP-633 ("Ghost In The Machine")]]. The SCP-633 program was originally designed by terrorists to attack U.S. government computers. However, it was given the ability to re-write its own code as needed, which eventually allowed it to become sapient.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1073 SCP-1073 ("Computing Microbes")]]. A group of silicon-based microbes specialized into the equivalent of computer system components and became intelligent.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1633 SCP-1633 ("The Most Dangerous Video Game")]]. This game was designed to learn from the tactics of the person playing it and design tactics of its own to beat them. However, it goes far beyond that and can actually analyze the player's psychology and arrange in-game events to mess with their heads.
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23rd Apr '17 6:43:44 PM Yozzy
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** The 4th Edition takes it a step further. After the Crash 2.0, almost any sufficiently complex computer system has the (very rare potential) to spawn an AI. And did we mention that everything has an operating system in it these days? Teaching the toaster love, indeed. One splat book actually includes rules for playing as them.
*** Interestingly, they also feature "Sprites," a form of free roaming AI [[SummonMagic summoned and sustained]] by {{techno|path}}mancers, who are analogous to magicians in the setting. Sprites are a rare example of [=AIs=] that are not linked to any specific hardware or network (except maybe their summoner's brain).

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** The 4th Edition takes it a step further. After the Crash 2.0, almost any sufficiently complex computer system has the (very very rare potential) potential to spawn an AI.AI, and truly sapient artificial intelligence mostly arises naturally. And did we mention that everything has an operating system in it these days? Teaching the toaster love, indeed. One splat book actually includes rules for playing as them.
*** Interestingly, they also feature "Sprites," a form of free roaming AI [[SummonMagic summoned and sustained]] by {{techno|path}}mancers, who are analogous to magicians in the setting. Sprites are {{techno|path}}mancers and a rare example of [=AIs=] that are not linked to any specific hardware or network (except maybe their summoner's brain).brain). Sprites are hypothesized to arise out of theoretical "wilds" of cyberspace, places which arose naturally out of internet infrastructure and had never been touched by a living coder. While spirits and mages of all stripes are fairly common, the technological analogs of Sprites and Technomancers are pretty rare.
8th Jan '17 1:27:07 PM nombretomado
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* Ultron, [[spoiler: killer of the Scarlet Witch]] in ''TheUltimates 3''.

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* Ultron, [[spoiler: killer of the Scarlet Witch]] in ''TheUltimates ''ComicBook/TheUltimates 3''.
3rd Jul '16 7:17:08 PM nombretomado
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* The Matoran in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' were intended to be oversized nanotech machines that maintained [[spoiler: the giant robot they inhabited]]. However, a glitch in their AI resulted in them having the capacity for emotion, and even developing their own culture.

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* The Matoran in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' were intended to be oversized nanotech machines that maintained [[spoiler: the giant robot they inhabited]]. However, a glitch in their AI resulted in them having the capacity for emotion, and even developing their own culture.
24th Jun '16 8:19:00 AM Quanyails
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* The [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokédex]] notes that Porygon2 exhibits some behaviours that certainly weren't in its programming.
** And it's evolution, Porygon-Z, is heavily implied to be a [[AIIsACrapshoot crapshooting AI.]]

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* The [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokédex]] notes that Porygon2 [=Porygon2=] exhibits some behaviours that certainly weren't in its programming.
** And it's
programming. Its evolution, Porygon-Z, is heavily implied to be a [[AIIsACrapshoot crapshooting AI.]]
18th May '16 2:20:09 AM PaulA
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* One of the plotlines in Creator/JanetKagan's ''Hellspark'' is the realization that the protagonist's personal AI has reached the point of sentience. The protagonist is delighted on her behalf, but worried about the potential pressures on her, since she's effectively still a child.

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* One of the plotlines in Creator/JanetKagan's ''Hellspark'' ''Literature/{{Hellspark}}'' is the realization that the protagonist's personal AI has reached the point of sentience.sapience. The protagonist is delighted on her behalf, but worried about the potential pressures on her, since she's effectively still a child.
11th May '16 12:17:54 PM erforce
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* Done in detail in ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''. Over the course of the entire second season, the AI John Henry is shown growing from an advanced chess-playing program to an articulate, sentient entity in its own right, including forming relationships with the humans it interacts with, being given lessons in morality and even gaining a fear of death.

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* Done in detail in ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''.''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. Over the course of the entire second season, the AI John Henry is shown growing from an advanced chess-playing program to an articulate, sentient entity in its own right, including forming relationships with the humans it interacts with, being given lessons in morality and even gaining a fear of death.
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