Why is the robot always the bad guy?
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26-06-2015, 12:30 AM
Why is the robot always the bad guy?
I mean, in the vast majority of the science fiction stories that have robots in them, the robots always go crazy and try to kill everyone or ruin everything in some way and the solution to the problem is for some human to slaughter all the robots, or at least go live in the woods or something. The robot rarely has a personality other than 'logic. humans die. beep.' and when it does it's just comic relief, there for the humans to laugh at how 'logical' it is and how it just doesn't 'get' human stuff! 'Robots are bad' is practically a moral in itself.

Are humans just xenophobic against non-humans in general? Do they have no confidence in their ability to create such things?
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26-06-2015, 12:44 AM
RE: Why is the robot always the bad guy?
In Dune, the sandworms kicked ass.
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26-06-2015, 12:48 AM
RE: Why is the robot always the bad guy?
(26-06-2015 12:44 AM)Thumpalumpacus Wrote:  In Dune, the sandworms kicked ass.

Thank you! But I'm fairly certain that the sandworms were biological lifeforms and they ate humans, which is something most humans would consider bad.

Also a very advanced robot could easily defeat one.
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26-06-2015, 12:51 AM
RE: Why is the robot always the bad guy?
I think it's about even - of good/bad robots in SF books and movies.

They're pretty easy to use as villains - mainly because for the most part we don't give them any heed emotionally.

It's hard to love a toaster. It's easy to take a hammer to one.

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26-06-2015, 12:54 AM
RE: Why is the robot always the bad guy?
(26-06-2015 12:48 AM)Geopum Wrote:  
(26-06-2015 12:44 AM)Thumpalumpacus Wrote:  In Dune, the sandworms kicked ass.

Thank you! But I'm fairly certain that the sandworms were biological lifeforms [...]

Yeah, that was pretty much my point.

Also, you have to admit that the ghola Duncan Idaho was a badass. I think he was part robot. Hope that helps.
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26-06-2015, 12:55 AM
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(26-06-2015 12:51 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  It's hard to love a toaster. It's easy to take a hammer to one.

What's really odd is that for most humans, it's easier to love a hammer than a toaster.
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26-06-2015, 12:58 AM
RE: Why is the robot always the bad guy?
(26-06-2015 12:51 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  I think it's about even - of good/bad robots in SF books and movies.

They're pretty easy to use as villains - mainly because for the most part we don't give them any heed emotionally.

It's hard to love a toaster. It's easy to take a hammer to one.

Why do humans always insist on comparing robots to toasters? It'd be like a robot comparing a human to a self-replicating molecule, and who cares about those? Actually that'd be a more accurate comparison, even!

But more importantly, it's always the toaster. Why not the microwave? Or a car? Or an electric tooth brush? Where is this amazing human creativity and individuality I keep hearing about?
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26-06-2015, 12:59 AM
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(26-06-2015 12:54 AM)Thumpalumpacus Wrote:  
(26-06-2015 12:48 AM)Geopum Wrote:  Thank you! But I'm fairly certain that the sandworms were biological lifeforms [...]

Yeah, that was pretty much my point.

Also, you have to admit that the ghola Duncan Idaho was a badass. I think he was part robot. Hope that helps.

Well it does a little...

I do kind of have a thing for cyborgs. Some of them are really cute, you know?
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26-06-2015, 01:00 AM
RE: Why is the robot always the bad guy?
I personally compare robots to cancer.
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26-06-2015, 01:01 AM
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(26-06-2015 01:00 AM)Thumpalumpacus Wrote:  I personally compare robots to cancer.

To be mean?
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