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The robots are becoming humans; the humans are becoming robots. Greg Nikolettos, lecture Alternative View III, ‘The Human Microchipping Agenda – Hypnotised Into the Mainframe by the Science of Graduism, We the People Will Not Be Chipped online’
They are humanity’s eyes and ears in deep space ... Space probes – robotic explorers that are humanity’s intergalactic avatars. The Universe s5e5: Secrets of the Space Probes, History 2010
By taking evolution further and becoming a robot species. Aliens: The Definitive Guide, Discovery Science 2013
Violent robotic humanoids are trapped in an angular wilderness. They look like nightmares. But they were Wyndham Lewis’s dream of a mechanical world order. James Fox, British Masters, BBC 2011
I look upon human beings as automatons because they all think they can do what they want but they can’t. They are not free. No-one is. L S Lowry, interview Hugh Maitland
Vanessa, you’re a Fembot! Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 starring Mike Myers & Heather Graham & Michael York & Robert Wagner & Rob Lowe & Mindy Sterling & Seth Green & Verne Troyer & Elizabeth Hurley & Will Ferrell et al, director Jay Roach, Austin
Ash is a goddamned robot! Alien ***** 1979 starring Sigourney Weaver & Tim Skerritt & Veronica Cartwright & Harry Dean Stanton & John Hurt & Ian Holm & Yaphet Kotto & Bolaji Badejo & Helen Horton et al, director Ridley Scott, Parker
Early in the 21st Century The TYRELL CORPORATION advanced Robot evolution into the NEXUS phase – a being virtually identical to a human – known as a Replicant. Blade Runner: The Final Cut 2007 starring Harrison Ford & Rutger Hauer & Sean Young & Daryl Hannah & Edward James Olmos & M Emmet Walsh & William Sanderson & Brion James & Joe Turkel & Joanna Cassidy & James Hong et al, director Ridley Scott, caption
Replicants are like any other machine – they’re either a benefit or a hazard. ibid. Deckard
More human than human is our motto. ibid. Tyrell
Replicants are bioengineered humans, designed by Tyrell Corporation for use off-world. Their enhanced strength made them ideal slave labor … Wallace acquired the remains of Tyrell Corp and created a new line of replicants who obey. Blade Runner 2049 2017 starring Ryan Gosling & Harrison Ford & Ana de Armas & Sylvia Hoeks & Robin Wright & Mackenzie Davis & Carla Juri & Lennie James & David Bautista & Jared Leto & Edward James Olmos et al, director Denis Villeneuve, captions
Los Angeles 2029 A.D. The machines rose from the ashes of the nuclear fire. Their war to exterminate mankind had raged for decades, but the final battle would not be fought in the future. It would be fought here, in our present. The Terminator 1984 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger & Michael Biehn & Linda Hamilton & Lance Henriksen & Paul Winfield & Bess Motta & Earl Boen & Rick Rossovich et al, director James Cameron, opening scene and caption
The Terminator’s an infiltration unit, part man, part machine. Underneath, it’s a hyper-alloy combat chassis – micro-processor controlled, fully armoured. Very tough. But outside, it’s living human tissue – flesh, skin, hair, blood, grown for the cyborgs ... The 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted them easy. But these are new, they look human. Sweat, bad breath, everything. Very hard to spot. I had to wait till he moved on you before I could zero him. ibid. Kyle
My name is John Connor. They tried to murder me before I was born. When I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future: Terminator. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger & Nick Stahl & Clare Danes & Kristanna Loken & David Andrews & Mark Famiglietti & Earl Boen & Jau Acovone & Mark Hicks et al, director Jonathan Mostow, opening commentary
Law 1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. I, Robot 2004 starring Will Smith & Bruce Greenwood & Bridget Moynahan & James Cromwell & Alan Tudyk & Chi McBride & Shia LaBeouf & Fiona Hogan & Terry Chen et al, director Alex Proyas
An imitation of life: can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a canvas into a beautiful masterpiece? ibid. Smith to robot
The Three Laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; 2) A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law; The Zeroth Law: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
I’m Kryten. I’m the service mechanoid aboard the Nova Five. We’ve had a terrible accident. Red Dwarf s2e1: Kryten s2e1, BBC 1988
He needs replacing. Consequently, his inbuilt shutdown chip will automatically activate in twenty-four hours’ time. Your android should use this period to tie up his affairs, dismantle his body and pack himself neatly away in his original packing case. Red Dwarf s3e6: The Last Day, manufacturer’s message
Gosh, you must think me as stupid as a photocopier. Red Dwarf s4e1: Camille, Kryten to Camille
Sawing me in half will invalidate my guarantee. Red Dwarf s5e3: Terrorform, Kryten
In android form a human can have practical immortality. Star Trek s1e7: What Are Little Girls Made Of?
To build humanoid robots we must borrow your bodies. Star Trek s2e20: Return to Tomorrow, Sargon
Why was I given human form? Star Trek: The Next Generation s1e13: Datalore, Data
If you had an off-switch, Doctor, would you not keep it secret? ibid.
Data has the android equivalent of multiple personalities. Star Trek: The Next Generation s7e17: Masks, Troi
I am automated unit 3947. Thank you for re-activating me. Star Trek: Voyager s2e13: Prototype, robot
3947 – Did you wake up on a bench like this one? ibid. B’Elanna in captivity
I would like to be acquainted with this Data. ibid. 3947 to B’Elanna
Is it possible the we’ve stumbled into the middle of some sort of robotic war? ibid. Janeway on bridge
Seven of Nine: An assimilation virus has penetrated our defences.
Chakotay: We’re becoming drones. Star Trek: Voyager s6e4: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy, Doctor’s fantasy
‘A robot or artificial intelligence could take my [doctor] job?’ Horizon: Ten Things You Need to Know About the Future, BBC 2017
There will be cyborgs. ibid.
I really want a robot. I want my robot to be able to sing. And I want my robot to be clever. Walking is vital. I want a robot I can talk to. That is what I want from a robot. Is that too much to ask? Danny Wallace, Horizon: Where’s My Robot? BBC 2008
The promise of a useful robot is still regularly made. ibid.
In 2013 a Russian internet millionaire funded a conference in New York with an extraordinary aim – to see if a system could be created that would allow him to live for ever. Horizon: The Immortalist, BBC 2016
Is it so crazy to think we could live for ever in machines? ibid.
Artificial intelligence: what is it? How does it work? What can it do? Horizon: A Horizon Guide to Artificial Intelligence, BBC 2018
It wasn’t so long ago we thought artificially intelligent robots would take over the world. ibid.
It was beginning to dawn on the scientist of the ’70s exactly what computers could be capable of. ibid.
Scientists and engineers began to re-evaluate intelligence to understand what thinking really was and to program truly intelligent machines. ibid.