Questions tagged [robots]

For questions about robots and their use in a specific work of science-fiction or fantasy; use this tag in conjunction with the specific work in question, e.g. [star-wars]. Also for use in conjunction with the [story-identification] tag. Use [robot-series] for the series of stories and novels by Isaac Asimov.

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A boy and his war machine

A juvenile SF novel from the early 80s, maybe? A non-conformist boy is sent off to an authoritarian school in the middle of nowhere, but forms a partnership with a war robot prototype - there's a ...
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Crew of soldiers learn that robots have been faking the war in an effort to save humanity

I was making a post on the TV Tropes site, trying to figure out if there was a trope for a fake Polluted Wasteland, where society believes that the outside world is uninhabitable, but that turns out ...
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70s movie about a secret series of robots that helped people

I saw this on TV when I was a kid in the 70s. It started with the next iteration of the robot learning everything about the world and history. He's surrounded by screens that rapidly display history ...
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What is the name of this short sci-fi award winning film on YouTube, in which robots are exterminating humans but one robot kept a little girl?

Looking for the name of this short film released around 2013 maybe. So basically the story is that the robots invaded and destroyed the humans but one girl (baby at the time) was found and kept alive ...
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Cartoon series that I watched around 2005 with red robotic humans in white masks

If they took off their masks and pushed a button on their temples, they died/deactivated. Can't remember anything else, but they where expendable, so literally "redshirts".
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Book about a girl who dies in an accident and is brought back to life by her parents in a robotic body

It's about a girl who is in an accident and her parents bring her back to live in a robotic body that they uploaded her brain to. Nobody at school will talk to her anymore because they're creeped out. ...
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What does a Synth component do?

We know the component isn't needed for the android to live because Harkness had his removed, and we know it's not required to program the android because the recall code still worked with Harkness, so ...
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Movie/show with alien hand covered in mouths on man’s chest?

This is so far out there it might just be a fever dream. I have a strange memory of a sci fi show/movie with a man and a robot. The man gets captured by some sort of aliens who attempt to use mouths ...
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SciFi Short Story About A Robot Caretaker and Her Ward

I'm looking for a short story I read a couple years ago. It was about a woman (I think she was a marine biologist?) who was turned into a robot to help raise kids on an alien world. One of her kids is ...
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Looking for the title of a film / TV show with a young boy and slightly older girl vs. a circular room full of robots and a booming voice

The scene I remember was from a (maybe?) 70s TV show or a movie that showed a younger boy with a slightly older girl which I guess was a sister or a female friend, both wearing body suits, walking ...
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Movie featuring a robot/cyborg with a flying saucer-like head and a futuristic tank

Only images I have left in my head is that there was a robot/cyborg in the movie that had a flying saucer-like head. Also, another scene is like a futuristic tank that was shooting huge bullets. That ...
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Short story about a robot being tested for sentience that saves its interrogator from a bomb placed by a terrorist

The story starts with an interrogation room where a robot is being tested for sentience. A terrorist places a bomb, and the robot the realizes the ship is going to explode, so it saves the ...
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Anime in which the main character controls a drone that looks like a flying eyeball

Anime about robotics. (Not about giant robots or mechas. Also, it can only hardly be called sci-fi.) In the first scene of the first episode, the main character (MC) is shown to be controlling a drone ...
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Novel (I think French) about time travelling robots kidnapping people

It doesn't take place on Earth. Suddenly one day robots appear and kidnap the inhabitants of the planet. They are like tribal level of technology. Some of them go and try to find the source and ...
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Kids’ picture book involving a friendly robot taking kids around the galaxy

I recall reading a book frequently in the late-80s or early-90s, but cannot remember the name and would love to find the book for my son. In the book, a group of kids are taken around the galaxy by a ...
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Name of school play from the 1980s about "Zartians"

In the 1980s at school in UK, we performed a children's musical play that featured traveling to a planet 'zars', full of robot creatures, and my vague memory is of the following song lyrics: ... ...
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Short story: a robot nods but doesn't speak

In a tutorial, one of the hardest jobs is coaxing students into actually speaking. Recently a random memory has started coming into my mind when I'm supervising them. A robot is being interviewed, and ...
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Short story about a soldier's reaction to finding out his sergeant is a robot

I'm trying to find a classic science fiction story, maybe 70s era. There is a soldier going through boot camp under a very harsh and demanding sergeant. Later in the story the soldier discovers the ...
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In a b/w '50s comic, a man with robot assistants tries to find a kidnapped girl in a totalitarian dystopia run by robots

In this black & white comic from the early '50s, there is a dystopia run by robots, a kidnapped damsel, and the hero is scouting around with loyal robots to help him destroy the totalitarian world....
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Bishop explains a law of robotics after the "knife game" in which he injures himself -- inconsistent?

It seems to me that Bishop explaining to Ripley the Asimovian law which controls his behavior is not really consistent. Firstly, you could argue that the subject of the game, Paxton's character Hudson ...
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Post-apocalyptic movie about a soldier fighting a war against robots who thinks he's the last human on Earth until he meets a girl

A long time ago I watched a movie where a soldier was fighting a war against robots I think, and he was the only one left of his platoon and he thinks the only human left on Earth. He meets a girl who'...
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Movie about an AI in a girl child body, which is illegal

I was reading this question when I recalled a modern movie I'd seen in the past three years about a girl AI that was created illegally. I believe the girl was supposed to act as if she were somewhere ...
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A film where a guy has to convince the robot she’s okay

There’s this guy trapped in an old looking house with high tech computers, and there’s this woman’s consciousness trapped inside this robot. It’s either his dead wife/girl friend and he has to ...
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Movie where AI or robot wears skin of person and asks for spare parts

I have a distinct image in my head of a horror Sci fi movie from when I was little. I don't know specifics but I vaguely remember a scene where this group was hiding in this room where this killer ...
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SF novel about a machine killing inhabitants because of not recognizing them because of data lost after magnetic storm

I'm looking for a Science Fiction novel I read in the early 2000's. In a dystopian city emptied of its inhabitants, a stranger arrives. He speaks with a resident, then is eliminated by a police ...
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Children's book about a robot and a computer system that goes rogue in a school

I have a vague recollection about a children's book I read a while ago, hopefully I'm not mixing things up with something else. Here's what I think I remember, though some of it might be wrong: Set ...
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Old sci fi movie where alien robots take over human form [duplicate]

Sci fi low budget movie from the 1970s, '80s, or '90s where alien robots take over human form. The only way to see the aliens is to burn them because they have black skeletons. The movie started with ...
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Robot programmed to yearn to serve humans

I am looking for a story in which a planet is found, inhabited by robots which have been programmed to serve humans and to feel sorrow when humans are not around. I read the story a very long time ago....
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Old giant robot movie where the protagonist won the battle and saved himself using the robot's rocket fist

I read this answer to another movie identification question and the description was so similar to a movie I'm looking for that I thought it was the same one, but it's not. The movie I'm looking for ...
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Book about a young girl saved from a boat, on trial about what she knows, and ends with realization that she’s a robot

I vaguely remember the protagonist is saved from a boat, which lands on an island. She’s not allowed to leave and ends up in a tribunal or some other sort of trial regarding whether or not she should ...
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Animation which involves a spherical floating robot and a little girl

I've been trying to find this video forever and the only way I can remember is that it was an anime music video which was on one of those dance machines in an arcade but here is the description: A ...
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Short story: robot butler helps elderly man decide when to commit suicide

A paperback short story collection I read in the 1992-2002 era included a story in which a man was sinking into dementia. Appreciating that the progressive nature of the disease would make it hard ...
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Old SF movie that ends with a robot preventing a man from spanking his little boy [duplicate]

Once upon a time, probably back in the late 1990s or thereabouts, I walked into a room where someone else had been watching something on television. I somehow got the impression it was an old movie, ...
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Robot / female humanoid film

I’m looking for a movie from the late 90’s early 2000’s, maybe sooner but definitely not later, that has human looking robots. I was very young, about 6, and I remember seeing two distinct scenes from ...
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Who is this robot from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction?

While attempting to Google antennaed aliens for this question, I came across the image of a robot from several different covers of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Source: ISFDB July ...
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'80s or '90s movie that begins with a small spaceship docking with a larger one, and the captain entering a bar

I was hoping someone could help me find the name of a movie that was released sometime between through the '80s and '90s. I remember it starting out with a smaller space ship docking to a larger one; ...
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90s or 80s Sci-Fi movie about an artifical female

I have been looking for a movie which I watched probably in 1990s. In the movie, there were two scientists, one specialized in hardware (human-like robot body), the other one specialized in software (...
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Live-action '80s-'90s movie involving two factions of people who fought one another in mech-type suits

This is going to be a long shot, but the only things I have to go by are that it's a post-apocalyptic film between '80s-'90s which was rented on VHS often. The two factions of people fought one ...
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Short story about a robot teacher controlling the narrative given to young minds

I'm trying to find the name of a short story I read in an English class anthology textbook from my junior high days (about 1985, so the story pre-dates that). The story is similar in several ways to ...
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Cartoon from the '80s/early '90s about a huge robot that flies through space and had a train behind him with people/children that he saved

I'm trying to find the name of an cartoon/anime from the '80s, maybe '90s. I remember there was a huge, friendly robot that in one scene flies through space and, instead of legs, he had like a train ...
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Book about a school girl, unaware of the fact that she's a robot who kills while she's asleep

I read this book a couple of years ago. I believe it was about a girl who went to a school in a really futuristic world and tries to find a killer. Later on, it's revealed that she is a robot and is ...
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Movie about soldiers fighting robots in a parallel timeline, and a scientist traveling between timelines

The main character in the movie was a man with black curly hair and glasses, who was a scientist, and he had a wife. This man was involved in an experiment traveling to other parallel timelines. He ...
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Book where a girl living with an older relative discovers she's a robot

I don't remember too much, but the main character was a girl living with either her mom or grandma or aunt. And she lives a pretty normal life except for not being let out much. One day when she's in ...
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Identifying a comedy in a post apocalypse world where robots are in charge. The main characters being teenage robots in a high school

I was a kiddo when I last saw this, but it was a ranchy high school comedy (like late 2000s early 2010s?). The two protagonist were teenagers (unpopular) the main one was a skinny nerd robot. I think ...
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Story-id: mining town with re-animated and remote controlled dead people used as robot-labor

This is short story (maybe short novella) I read in a short-story collection in the mid to late 80's. Back then I was in my teens and I found the whole concept really creepy. It left an impression on ...
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What are droid brains made of?

Has a source ever confirmed what droid brains are made of? Since Artificial Intelligence is likely extremely complex and energy consuming, I have my doubts that it's made of silicon, but I'd like to ...
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A 1980 kids sci-fi series with robot puppets; not anime

All the robots are different. No animation, just "muppets". No humans (well in my memories) just those robots with some who wants to rebel I think. I remember fake grass, robots made of ...
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Cartoon where small robots came out of bigger ones and fought to decide the battle

I'm looking for a cartoon I used to watch when I was a kid in the late '80s / early '90s. The story was there were some friends and there was a (?) bad guy trying to win the robot battle against them. ...
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Kids’ picture book about a crash-landed rocket and a robot boy on another planet

A long time ago, around when I was in kindergarten (2006ish) I remember reading a book (or rather, looking at the pictures) from the school library. It was a picture book set on another planet, with ...
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Book about accidental robot civilization

I have a memory of a book or short story that I read years ago. It was about a group of human explorers who are investigating an uninhabitable planet. They find that a robotic colony ship had crashed, ...
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