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According to the Star Wars script, C3PO introduces himself:

I am See-Threepio, human-cyborg relations.

What does he mean, cyborg? Is he claiming to be one?

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C3PO didn't want to say about Human and Cyborg relationship because there were other alien species as well as AI-powered robots in Star Wars universe, too.
I think, "Human-Cyborg" is a word similar to "Humanoid Robot" in fashion for thinkable robots to say. We use word Cyborg for a human dependent on machine, but what about a machine dependent on human? C3PO was dependent on human design and architecture to walk etc. So, he was "Human-Cyborg", not "Gungan-Cyborg" or "Besalisks-Cyborg"..

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    Sorr, I just don't get what you are trying to say. – Wikis Sep 25 '11 at 19:37
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    He's saying C3PO is a human[shaped]-cyborg and that when he introduces himself he first says his name and then his race. – Kalamane Sep 28 '11 at 23:35
  • @Kalamane Exactly... – I Love You 3000 Sep 29 '11 at 19:04
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    I think it's sort of a case of style over substance. The script writers thought it sounded cool. What it meant never came into the equation--just like the stupid "ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs" comment. I guess that's just what happens when the writer is less geeky than his audience. – Lèse majesté Dec 15 '11 at 8:12
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    @SachinShekhar: now I've worked out what you meant, I accepted your answer and realise it's actually pretty clear... I guess I didn't have my thinking head on! – Wikis Dec 15 '11 at 15:29
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I believe he means he communicates with humans and machines alike. Although it is a rather limited description, since he is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.

  • Then why doesn't he say, human machines? – Wikis Sep 24 '11 at 21:23
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    @WikisAtArea51 Cause Human-Cyborg Relations sounds better with a British accent. – OghmaOsiris Sep 24 '11 at 23:42
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    Given George Lucas's slip-up with the word parsec, I usually assume that any sciencey kind of words need to be taken with a grain of salt, bottle of vodka, and a 40 pound sledgehammer blow to the head. – erdiede Sep 25 '11 at 15:31
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    Clearly he was designed to help relations between General Grievous and the Humans. – Kalamane Sep 27 '11 at 2:23
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I had always interpreted it as a description of his name and function:

name: C3PO
primary function: human-cyborg relations

It had never occurred to me that "human-cyborg" might be his race, but now that it has, I see the line being read as if you were looking him up in an index, which strikes me as a very C3PO-esque way describing himself, as in:

C3PO, 
  odds,
    calculator of,
    sharer of,
  human-cyborg,
    relations,
    stiffness of,
    shininess of, 
  worry-wart
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    Agreed, it sounds like "Hi I'm John, Sales Department". – Junuxx Apr 16 '15 at 23:01

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