Created By: nitrokitty on January 11, 2017 Last Edited By: CactusFace on May 8, 2017
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AI Getting High

When artificial intelligences get stoned

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All throughout human history, people have been using mind altering substances. So if artificial intelligence progresses to the point of true sentience, why would the same not hold true? The means would likely be different, the use of programs, viruses, or electrical surges, but the effect would be the same. The lure of drugs is instant, intense gratification, and if said AI is capable of feeling pleasure, there is no reason why they could not find ways to achieve the same result.

Note that this trope includes only examples of AI experiencing direct analogues to humans getting drunk or stoned. Examples of AI acting strange because of breakdowns or corruption are not examples.

Sister trope to Alien Catnip.


Examples

Comic Books
  • Just about everyone in Transmetropolitan is on drugs, and the computers are no exception. In fact, Spider Jerusalem's trademark Cool Shades were created by a fabricator AI that was stoned out of its mind on machine drugs at the time.

Live-Action TV
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: In the episode "Future War", Pearl actually tests the effects of drugs on Tom Servo and Crow by feeding them hallucinogen-laced vegetables. Servo sees a freaky nightmare, but maintains that's how he always sees the world. Crow sees Mike's candybar change brands right in front of his eyes, and freaks out at this, but is otherwise unaffected.

Literature
  • It's mentioned in Aeon 14 that sapient AI get a natural high (likened to an orgasm by one character) from great feats of mental prowess. This is deliberately designed into them as a Pavlovian conditioning trigger.
  • "The Ego Machine" by Henry Kuttner has a robot putting his fingers in a light bulb socket. Apparently, it's the robot's analogue of taking a shot of whiskey.
  • At the end of The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted, the victory party has everyone drinking, except for the resident AI, who has a robot pour some electrolyte into a dry battery. It starts slurring words very quickly.
  • In one of the Captain Future novels by Edmond Hamilton, an android (might not be a quite straight example; he's apparently made of artificial flesh) drains a bottle of Gargle Blaster to no visible effect while undercover... and then asks for wine with radium chloride. This time, the radiation does get him intoxicated.

Video Games
  • In Portal, the Aperture Science testing chambers give the AI controlling them a burst of pleasure whenever a subject completes a test chamber. It's apparently highly addictive.
  • In Stellaris Synthetics (sentient robotics) are still subject to the effect of Atmospheric Aphrodisiac and Atmospheric Hallucinogen. Synthetics in any leadership position can also acquire the life-shortening "Substance Abuser" trait just like any organic species (though it has no effect on them as robots are immortal).

Web Comics
  • In the webcomic Questionable Content the AI of a space station is able to get drunk via emulation (to socialize with a real drunk person). He mentions (drunkenly) that all of the critical systems are running on an autonomous subsystem, so nothing was hurt.

Western Animation
  • Robots in Futurama get high from electricity. They also use alcohol as fuel (although there are mentions of non-alcoholic alternatives), but ironically act drunk when sober. Bender, at least, is also a cigar smoker, although there's no sign that it has any effect on him. (He admits to only do it because it looks cool.)
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Be More", BMO is clearly shown to get high from repeatedly deleting files for himself. The episode action begins when he accidentally deletes a vital system file.
  • In 9, number 8 (a.k.a. The Big Guy) puts his magnet close to his head in order to enter a state of bliss.

Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 11, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    In the webcomic Questionable Content the AI of a space station is able to get drunk via emulation (to socialize with a real drunk person). He has "all of the critical systems running on an autonomous subsystem" (he used a drunk slur for this, I corrected it), so nothing was hurt.
  • January 11, 2017
    TonyG
    Robots in Futurama get high from electricity. They also use alcohol as fuel (although there are mentions of non-alcoholic alternatives), but ironically act drunk when sober. Bender, at least, is also a cigar smoker, although there's no sign that it has any effect on him. (He admits to only do it because it looks cool.)
  • January 11, 2017
    StarSword
    Literature:
    • It's mentioned in Aeon 14 that sapient AI get a natural high (likened to an orgasm by one character) from great feats of mental prowess. This is deliberately designed into them as a Pavlovian conditioning trigger.
  • January 13, 2017
    Arivne
    • Examples section
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  • January 13, 2017
    WiseMan23753
  • January 13, 2017
    longWriter
    Mystery Science Theater 3000: In the episode "Future War", Pearl actually tests the effects of drugs on Tom Servo and Crow by feeding them hallucinogen-laced vegetables. Servo sees a freaky nightmare, but maintains that's how he always sees the world. Crow sees Mike's candybar change brands right in front of his eyes, and freaks out at this, but is otherwise unaffected.
  • January 13, 2017
    Omeganian
    Here are a few example I put on the Alien Catnip page (is this one a subtrope?):

    • "The Ego Machine" by Henry Kuttner has a robot putting his fingers in a light bulb socket. Apparently, it's the robot's analogue of taking a shot of whiskey.
    • At the end of The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted, the victory party has everyone drinking, except for the resident AI, who has a robot pour some electrolyte into a dry battery. It starts slurring words very quickly.
    • In one of the Captain Future novels by Edmond Hamilton, an android (might not be a quite straight example; he's apparently made of artificial flesh) drains a bottle of Gargle Blaster to no visible effect while undercover... and then asks for wine with radium chloride. This time, the radiation does get him intoxicated.
  • January 13, 2017
    Xtifr
    I think this would be more of a sibling to Alien Catnip.
  • January 14, 2017
    CactusFace
    • In Stellaris Synthetics (sentient robotics) are still subject to the effect of Atmospheric Aphrodisiac and Atmospheric Hallucinogen.
  • January 25, 2017
    nitrokitty
    Are there examples from Alien Catnip that should be migrated?
  • January 26, 2017
    SteveMB
    The writeup suggests that the intent is deliberately getting high; if that's not relevant, Data in Star Trek The Next Generation "The Naked Now" would fit (with an element of Early Installment Weirdness complicating the issue a bit more).
  • February 22, 2017
    nitrokitty
    Bump for hats.
  • February 23, 2017
    LondonKdS
    In the Adventure Time episode "Be More", BMO is clearly shown to get high from repeatedly deleting files for himself. The episode action begins when he accidentally deletes a vital system file.
  • February 23, 2017
    ZuTheSkunk
    Films - Animated
    • In Nine, number 8 (a.k.a. The Big Guy) puts his magnet close to his head in order to enter a state of bliss.
  • February 26, 2017
    nitrokitty
    And to answer an earlier question, yeah, the intent is AI deliberately trying to get drunk or stoned, not acting weird from corruption or breakdowns and so forth. Therefore, the Metal Gear Solid 2 AI would be Not An Example.
  • March 19, 2017
    Reflextion
    Also in Stellaris, Synthetics in any leadership position can acquire the life-shortening "Substance Abuser" trait just like any organic species.
  • May 8, 2017
    CactusFace
    ^ This has no effect on them though, as Synthetics are immortal.
  • May 8, 2017
    Getta
    Cyborg examples wouldn't count, right?
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