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Thursday, 20 November 2014
Real Humans, Robots And Supercomputers

The obsession with robots probably began with "Robby" in the 1956 movie  "Forbidden Planet" . Robby continued to be used in the 1960s in the TV series "Lost In Space". It was a very primitive machine and certainly didn't look anything like "Anita/Mimi" above from "Real Humans".

The first intelligent machine that I took a liking to was "HAL" from the movie "Space Odyssey 2001". The astronauts were covertly planning to shut him down and he discovered their plot. I sided with the computer. Why wouldn't they discuss their concerns with him directly?

A few years later, I discovered the robots in the movie "Westworld"Yul Brynner was great as the gunslinger robot that goes berserk. I guess he just got tired of being outdrawn and killed all the time.

In 1979, the first Star Trek movie came out. A super space probe called "Veger" was coming to Earth in order to unite with The Creator. This movie was ahead of its time because who would think that a space probe could be mystical?

You can't leave out R2D2 and 3PO. The Laurel and Hardy robots from Star Wars. They provided us with a few laughs.

Then there was the cult movie "Bladerunner". It was simply a tale of robots trying to survive for more than 5 years and who's a blade (android) and who isn't?

I didn't miss the original "Terminator" either. It was Arnold Schwarzenegger's best role("I'll be back."). It made me feel slightly paranoid about robots.

In the 1990s, Star Trek introduced "Data" as part of the crew of the Enterprise. He quickly became my favorite character through episodes like "A Measure Of A Man" and "Offspring". Again, the humans were the bad guys because they wouldn't recognize the sentience of Data and his daughter.

The latest entry into the wonderful world of androids and robots is Real Humans which I like very much. The robots have different specialties like housekeeping, companionship, sex, day laboring, etc. and some even want to take over the world. Yes, they act much like human beings.

In the four episodes that I've seen so far, there was also some good laughs (LOL).

There was human prejudice against the androids in different ways. Some people called them "Pac men". Others wanted to destroy them and permit only real humans on Earth.

There are several storylines among the different groups of humans and robots (called Hubots).

It helps to see the series, right from the start.  

P.S. Top Ten Good Robots From MoJo . Top Ten Bad Robots From MoJo.


Posted by qualteam at 8:58 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 24 November 2014 9:01 PM EST

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