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Why Hollywood's Best Robot Stories Are About Slavery 150

malachiorion writes: "On the occasion of Almost Human's cancellation (and the box office flopping of Transcendence), I tried to suss out what makes for a great, and timeless Hollywood robot story. The common thread seems to be slavery, or stories that use robots and AI as completely blatant allegories for the discrimination and dehumanization that's allowed slavery to happen, and might again. 'In the broadest sense, the value of these stories is the same as any discussion of slavery. They confront human ugliness, however obliquely. They're also a hell of a lot more interesting than movies and TV shows that present machine threats as empty vessels, or vague symbols of unchecked technological progress.' The article includes a defense (up to a point!) of HAL 9000's murder spree."
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Why Hollywood's Best Robot Stories Are About Slavery

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  • Re:Slavery (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @06:05PM (#46943941)

    12 Years a Robot
    Djata Unchained
    Roots Folder
    Uncle Tom Servo's Cabin

  • by Immerman ( 2627577 ) on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @08:58PM (#46945181)

    But if they can't feel pain, how do you keep them in line? Plus it's *way* less satisfying to beat someone if they don't scream and beg you to stop, and then how are you supposed to boost your ego? Not to mention, have you ever tried to rape an automotive welding robot? Not a pretty picture. Perfect slaves my ass. They're nothing more than force-multipliers for labor.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"