Can you remember any example of a work of fiction, for example, movie, book, short story, anime, et cetera, where computational matter modeling was an important plot device? I'm looking for examples were it was portrayed realistically (i.e. hard science fiction examples would be best).

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    $\begingroup$ Although it is not a science fiction movie, I remember the example of the "Brave" movie, which is a children's movie in which there is a main character named Merida with long red curly hair. Her hair is one of the items that draws the most attention and it took a lot of computer simulation to make it as realistic as possible. $\endgroup$ Jul 21, 2020 at 15:34
  • $\begingroup$ @CarmenGonzález, that would be a example of modeling applied to film making. I was thinking more in line with matter modeling being part of the story being told. Some science fields are very represented in fiction, for example, Astrophysics, or Genetic Engineering. I think ours is a bit underrepresented. $\endgroup$
    – ksousa
    Jul 21, 2020 at 15:40
  • $\begingroup$ I see no reason to close this. In fact I was even going to answer it. It's not a "how do I calculate this?" question, but it is still a question, and does not violate any rule, as far as I'm aware. $\endgroup$ Jul 22, 2020 at 1:48
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    $\begingroup$ It is true that the answer by @CarmenGonzález is not about the plot, but I think that could make for another interesting question: "Examples of matter modelling for making movies" $\endgroup$
    – ProfM
    Jul 22, 2020 at 9:02
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    $\begingroup$ There is a Wikipedia page related to this en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Materials_science_in_science_fiction $\endgroup$
    – Thomas
    Jul 22, 2020 at 13:25

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The Last Question by Isaac Asimov is a short story where a computer is tasked with solving the problem of entropy.

It's a brilliant story and definitely worth listening to and reading


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    $\begingroup$ Great post! I completely forgot this existed. I remember reading it as a kid and being blown away. $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2020 at 4:52

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