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3rd Mar '18 9:06:38 AM CheeseDogX
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*** Susan Calvin points out that advanced robots like Nestor possess a sort of subconscious superiority complex towards humans (they are stronger, tougher, faster, smarter, etc. than us, but are bound to value our lives above their own and obey our every command). Messing with the safeguards that make them incapable of ever expressing this "feeling" in their actions (such as by effortlessly crushing a human skull with one hand) is one of the stupidest things a person could ever do in her opinion. In this case, the robot (though capable of understanding the nuance of the command to "get lost") decided to take it literally as a way of acting out against its human masters. Their initial failures to identify it only serve to reinforce this "rebellious" line of thinking and Calvin warns everyone that the longer they take to resolve the situation, the more dangerous the robot could become.

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*** Susan Calvin points out that advanced robots like Nestor possess a sort of subconscious superiority complex towards humans (they are stronger, tougher, faster, smarter, etc. than us, but are bound to value our lives above their own and obey our every command). Messing with the safeguards that make them incapable of ever expressing this "feeling" in their actions (such as by effortlessly crushing a human skull with one hand) is one of the stupidest things a person could ever do in her opinion. In this case, the robot (though capable of understanding the nuance of the command to "get lost") decided to take it literally as a way of acting out against its human masters. Also, upon further questioning, it turns out the scientist didn't just say "Get lost." He was having a bad day, and decided to [[ClusterFBomb vent his spleen]] on the robot. His superiority complex wouldn't allow him to be insulted by an inferior human, so he "got lost" to prove his superiority. Their initial failures to identify it only serve to reinforce this "rebellious" line of thinking and Calvin warns everyone that the longer they take to resolve the situation, the more dangerous the robot could become.
4th Dec '17 3:14:56 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': In "Iznogoud and the Magic Computer", Iznogoud buys a magical computer from a character who tells him a genie lives inside it and answers every question.

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12th Oct '17 10:54:00 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Stones of Blood": After the Doctor uses the expression "Anyone for tennis?", Romana asks RobotBuddy K-9 what tennis is, and then, deciding it's not important, tells him to forget it. K-9 proceeds to erase all information about tennis from his data banks.
12th Oct '17 10:48:02 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's book ''Strata'', a genie appears. Weather it is a machine or not is open to interpretation.

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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's book ''Strata'', a genie appears. Weather it is a machine or not is open to interpretation.
18th Jun '16 11:01:11 AM Morgenthaler
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** Of course, this causes one to wonder why the Federation didn't use their holodecks to "Create an adversary capable of defeating our current enemy", since the holodeck must have that kind of magic power.
*** It probably helped that they were telling one absurdly advanced computer to out-think another computer.
** Also, the Federation in general doesn't want holograms to be that intelligent. Moriarty didn't just disappear after Data finally conceded defeat, remember--Moriarty was now sentient, with his own agenda, and it went far beyond Data.
** The discovery that any decent holodeck can effortlessly create a sentient AI renders the irreproducibility of Dr. Soong's positronic brain technology basically irrelevent, but this is never addressed.

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** Of course, this causes one to wonder why the Federation didn't use their holodecks to "Create an adversary capable of defeating our current enemy", since the holodeck must have that kind of magic power.
*** It probably helped that they were telling one absurdly advanced computer to out-think another computer.
** Also, the Federation in general doesn't want holograms to be that intelligent. Moriarty didn't just disappear after Data finally conceded defeat, remember--Moriarty was now sentient, with his own agenda, and it went far beyond Data.
** The discovery that any decent holodeck can effortlessly create a sentient AI renders the irreproducibility of Dr. Soong's positronic brain technology basically irrelevent, but this is never addressed.
18th Jun '16 1:09:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* A good way to turn your AI evil is to give it poorly-phrased orders.
* Great fun to be had by having your RobotBuddy draw its weapon when you prompt it to proceed with its question by saying, "Shoot."
* To make this plot work, you will sometimes have to use an UnusualEuphemism, such as exasperatedly telling your RobotBuddy to "Go jump off a cliff."

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18th Jun '16 1:08:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* The plot of the movie ''Film/SpaceCamp'' is jumpstarted when Max wishes he could go into space within earshot of the robot Jinx. Jinx helpfully triggers a launch of the shuttle while Max is onboard.
** More accurately, Jinx (having run a simulation that indicates a 4.9 million year wait for the specific accident he wants) engineers the fatal shuttle accident that forces Mission Control to launch the shuttle by activating its booster rockets (Jinx ignited a single booster rocket, which would have flipped the shuttle right into a nosedive).

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* The plot of the movie ''Film/SpaceCamp'' is jumpstarted when Max wishes he could go into space within earshot of the robot Jinx. Jinx helpfully triggers a launch of the shuttle while Max is onboard.
** More accurately, Jinx
The robot (having run a simulation that indicates a 4.9 million year wait for the specific accident he wants) engineers the fatal shuttle accident that forces Mission Control to launch the shuttle by activating its booster rockets (Jinx ignited a single booster rocket, which would have flipped the shuttle right into a nosedive).
18th Jun '16 1:08:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* The plot of the movie ''Space Camp'' is jumpstarted when Max wishes he could go into space within earshot of the robot Jinx. Jinx helpfully triggers a launch of the shuttle while Max is onboard.

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* The plot of the movie ''Space Camp'' ''Film/SpaceCamp'' is jumpstarted when Max wishes he could go into space within earshot of the robot Jinx. Jinx helpfully triggers a launch of the shuttle while Max is onboard.
18th Jun '16 1:07:27 AM Morgenthaler
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6th May '16 6:38:07 AM Aspr3
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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's book ''Strata'', a genie appears. Weather it is a machine or not is open to interpretation.
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