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Can an EMP harm an AI?


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I tend to think that AIs, especially the super intelligent ones, have some sort of denfense against EMPs. 



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Yeah, I'm pretty sure more advanced versions of AIs will be completely immune to EMPs. Think about this - humans are basically complex machines and are completely immue to an EMP blast, so once AIs become more like us...


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On a physical level, they are still running on electronic circuits, so just like the toughest physical object is vulnerable to a powerful physical attack, AI is vulnerable to having its printed circuits fried. 

 

Of course, there are also defences, and not to mention backups. 



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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that what Faraday cages are for?

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It might work, but are you sure it's feasible to enclose all the components of a distributed system? 



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Hmm... that's a good point. The protection from wide-range attacks you'd gain from collecting parts together you'd lose in protection from precision attacks.

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EMP weapons will be of little use against future AIs. 

 

 

EMP weapons are real, and can permanently fry computer circuits by overloading them with so much electrical current that they melt. However, electronics can be easily protected from EMP’s by encasing them in thin metal shielding and incorporating fuses and circuit breakers. The application of this kind of protection is called “hardening,” and the encasements are called “Faraday Cages.” Combat robots like the Rev-9 will surely keep their computer chips in armored metal compartments inside their bodies to protect them from EMPs and physical damage, and will have fuses to block power surges in unshielded external components from going into the Faraday Cages and frying the computer chips.

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Why would an entity that is going to be a lot more intelligent than even the smartest humans leave itself vulnerable to an EMP weapon?


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