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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.
3rd Apr '16 10:36:18 AM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstoneKids'': In "Philo's D-Feat", Philo makes a robot that, when given commands, it either obeys them the literal way or explains that it can't be done. When Philo says "make my bed", the robot makes a new bed that looks like the bed Philo already had. When Rocky Ratrock commands the robot to shoplift, it literally lifts a shop.
25th Jan '16 9:39:17 PM gemmabeta2
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*** The author saw this as a good thing, because unlike some other stories where robots prevent humans from doing anything that might involve the slightest risk (eating fatty foods, working, etc.), these robots were smart enough and ethical enough to only justify taking action to stop the worst acts and make sure no human realizes the robots are in charge.

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*** The author saw this as a good thing, because unlike some other stories where robots prevent humans from doing anything that might involve the slightest risk (eating fatty foods, working, etc.), these robots were smart enough and ethical enough to only justify taking action to stop the worst acts and make sure no human realizes the robots are in charge.charge--indeed, until the Spacer Era, the worst thing a robot ever did to a human is to transfer a factory director to a slightly less prestigious posting.
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