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In Avengers: Infinity War, it is observed that

after following Dr. Strange being abducted by Ebony Maw into a spaceship, Tony Stark receives a phone call from Pepper Potts which loses connectivity after a few seconds of talking and his virtual assistant goes offline too. Now, I am assuming this is because of the increasing distance from earth.

Why couldn't/didn't Stark fit the virtual assistant mechanism into his already impressive nanotech powered suit? In universe answers would be appreciated.

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My personal opinion, an A.I. assistant like FRIDAY probably requires a lot of processing power to run. I would rather have that running on a server remotely than on my local "device" because it frees up the power of my "device" to do other things. Also in case I took a rocket or whatever to just the right spot of my suit, then suddenly FRIDAY is out of commission. Stark didn't plan that he'd end up on a space ship destined for another planet so having FRIDAY running remotely presented lower risk of failure to the system in most scenarios.

And I have to throw in the out of universe explanation as well. Its a plot device and one that isn't that far fetched from our real world experience, so it fits in logically with the story.

  • I'd also think that because we're talking nanotech, each part of the suit must contribute processing power to the whole via a mesh network, so as the suit loses nanoparticles, it would lose processing power and eventually knock out or severely retard the AI. Remote processing would be far more reliable in that scenario. – phyrfox Sep 22 '18 at 20:09
  • @sanpaco Tony Stark could still have redundancies built into the system by having multiple servers with fail safes as well as one within the nano suit. Also, after the attack on New York, I'd say Tony is extremely paranoid and begins building suits for all kind of scenarios. So it's entirely likely that he considered being in space. – Rijumone Sep 23 '18 at 5:25
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    @Rijumone except clearly he didn't consider that scenario. Tony Stark is smart but he's also human and subject to being imperfect and making mistakes. – sanpaco Sep 23 '18 at 5:46
  • IDK, there are plenty of reasons I think are valid for why FRIDAY isn't an offline scenario, but suggesting Tony Stark didn't consider space, or being in space, doesn't quite sit well with me. His actions for several movies have been motivated by a focus on interstellar threats, or "that out there" being the "end game". – DariM Sep 23 '18 at 21:18
  • Plus, any offline or alternative version doesn't have to be the entire system; it can be a miniaturised offline system, e.g. not able to do internet searches, but able to handle processing HUD input etc. And I'd argue we have plenty of evidence that that is a thing, given that it would be a pretty basic requirement for his suit to function, replusors, nano-transformation, HUD etc. – DariM Sep 23 '18 at 21:20

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