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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Movie about a boy who gets turned invisible by a robot

I remember seeing this on TV in the late '80s, but it's likely older than that. The boy's father must have been a scientist, because they had a supercomputer on some kind of premises (I'm not sure if ...
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Ex Machina: The first physically frail robots?

In countless other science fiction the creators rely on obedience from their superhumanly-strong machines. I think it was argued in Westworld that the machines had to be strong, ironically to protect ...
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Movie with a robot in a female skin who is discovered by her boyfriend [duplicate]

I’m trying to find the title for a movie or possibly a tv show a saw as a kid. I remember it being in the mid 90s to early 2000’s. It was about a robot that had female skin and was later discovered by ...
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Old cartoon with a red? robot in a desert and a girl

I don't remember much except for a few scenes and it's been bugging me for a few years, because I think it had a really interesting story line; I just don't remember it. It was a show I watched on TV ...
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YA book where the male protagonist has a father missing who was caught up in a war between humans and robots

I'm trying to find a YA book from the 2010s with robots. It had a male protagonist with a missing father who was caught up in a war between humans and robots. I think a friendly robot was smuggled ...
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2000s Chinese animation where lightning strikes a boy's house, and he finds himself inside the world of the computer game he was playing

I remembered watching a Chinese cartoon series about 10 years ago and it was probably made in the 2000s. The story is about a boy that was playing on his computer late at night and lightning struck ...
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Last Human living in a solar system where androids keep society going

A short story I’d like to reread is about the last human, who lives in a solar system where each human is replaced by an android or human robot upon their death. The idea being that the living humans ...
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1950s short story featuring a debate about whether robots have souls

I recall a short story, probably 1950s, where a corporation is engaged in the manfacture of humanoid robot servants, but finds its sales dropping off due to a campaign by a hellfire preacher, who ...
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'80s–'90s anime about robot fairies fighting

I've been trying to find the name of an anime from my childhood. From what I can remember, the main plot was basically about like these fairy-like robots fighting in a tournament. Sorry if the ...
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Cartoon about robots that are controlled by humans

The plot is that a team of 3 people a girl, a boy, and a short man with a funny haircut control robots and fight against a white alien that too can control robots. In the beginning I remember there ...
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Sci-fi movie about robots killing sad people

Astronauts come (back?) to a city ruled by robots. Most people are dead. When people get sad the robots detect it and kill. The robots shows a happy or sad smiley corresponding to their analysis of ...
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Old science fiction movie where main characters are launched into a star or some sort of anomaly and die [duplicate]

A couple years ago, I watched an old movie (Made a little before or a little after Star Wars) about these people who were in this large ship, and I remember that there was only other one human on it, ...
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A girl raised by a robot, utopian children's book

I can't remember the name, or the author or a lot about the book. It was a children's book, I read it around 2010-2011, the illustrations were very pretty, almost watercolor-like, a lot of pink and ...
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Short story about a mother choosing to save her robot son over her human son during a fire

I'm looking for a short story where a mother raises a robot son along with her human son. Her human son grows older and more distant from her, while her robot son remains a great child. A fire occurs ...
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Short story about a father who dies and returns as a android/robot

Trying to track down this short story about a father who dies but comes back to life as a robotic version of himself. There was this traveling salesman who sold the household on this process whereby ...
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Movie where a family on Mars misses the last departing spaceship, and are replaced by identical looking robots

So I remember seeing this movie, or maybe an Outer Limits type of show's episode of a family living on Mars or an alien planet, and the colony somehow failed so people are leaving in spaceships. But ...
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Film where a man fights robots and protects a woman and her baby. A robot rips off his arm and he replaces it with a robot arm

This muscular guy who fights lots of robots. Then there's a scene where this robot is hanging from his arm, and cuts it off. The guy, not having an arm, puts on the ripped-off arm of the robot. There'...
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Short animation about two boys sent by some “robotic teacher” to the desert for trials

I think the animation was made back in the USSR, so possibly before 1990, maybe in 197x-198x. Russian language. Duration is about 10 minutes, possibly B&W. Seen on TV. One of the boys is a good ...
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Mid-90s mecha action anime with wearable sentient robot suits

I was recently reminded of an anime I saw between 2000 and 2002 on VHS. The actual production date was probably from late 1980s, a la Bubblegum Crisis (but not actually, I checked), to the mid 1990s. ...
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Name of Mecha Anime from the 70s/80s Based on One Episode

I have searched over and over trying to find this, so now finally posting the question to see if anyone else has a clue about this. My details are vague, but here goes. I remember watching a cartoon ...
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Pre '96 cartoon: boy remote controls white robot

So this has haunted me for 20+ years. I turned on the television, ca 1995 I guess, and saw this cartoon where a male character, a teen I think, controls this huge white robot whith a joystick. The ...
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Early 2000s movie about robot that invades the world

I watched this movie when I was a little kid so my memory of it is not so good. I remember there being robots that kind of look like the Iron Giant invading a city and they had these antenna things ...
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Animated TV show about Meccano-like robots fighting other robots

OK, so when I was little between 2010-2016, my brother and I watched an English show with animated robots that looked like Lego, but chunkier and not exactly Lego, almost like Meccano or something, ...
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Human child raised by robot onboard a spacecraft [duplicate]

While growing up, early 90s I remember watching a science fiction anime on VHS tape, about a boy growing up onboard a spaceship with a robot. The robot teaches the human child how to walk and run and ...
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Novel about a woman who wakes up turned into a robot with no memory of her past life

I remember reading a book around 5 years ago and cannot find anything about it online using the summary but it is about a woman who wakes up to find she has been turned into a robot and has no memory ...
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Book about a human who believes himself to be a robot

I'm from Brazil and the book I'm looking for is one that is very dear to my father, because it is the first science fiction book he read and it sparked a long trajectory of reading the genre. He read ...
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Is Voltron (Lion force) sentient?

I'm not 100% familiar with the 2010s series, but speaking more of the original 1980s cartoon/anime, and the early 2000s semi-spin off/continuation Voltron Force: It's been heavily implied that the ...
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1960s science fiction short story alien explorer discovers robot uprising wiped out all humans leaving automated cities

Trying to find out the name of the story and the author. This would have appeared in the late 60's or very early 70s. I am pretty sure I read the story in Analog, Galaxy or one of the other science ...
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1980s or 1990s film with robots or mechs I watched in my childhood

There was a film I had on VCR when I was a kid that must have been from around the 1980s or 1990s. I watched it dozens of times and it had some very large robots that I vaguely think could have been ...
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Sci-fi Anime episode search: kid turns into weapon

In the '90s, saw an episode of an anime (Robotech???) where the team encounter a young male child who can turn into an adult-sized cyborg-like destructive weapon (with great anime hair?). The female ...
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90s/00s anime with a kid and his battle robot that he upgrades to fight in arena battles

Anime that I'm pretty sure was dubbed and brought over to NA that I watched in late 90s maybe early 00s. Premise was a kid and his battle robot that he upgraded from time to time to do some kind of ...
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Can anyone help me with the name of a Sci-fi film about a robot apocalypse?

Does anyone know the name of a movie? I remember the plot of it. So it's a post apocalyptic movie where robots are hunting humans and there is two main characters a man and a woman. And it turns out ...
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What is the earliest sci-fi story about humour and AI?

The "humourless robot" is a fairly standard trope in modern-day science fiction. Many writers take the view that the sense of humour is a uniquely human property, and so make a point of ...
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Book about killer toy robots, Babylon golems, grandfather fakes his death to let the main character get away

It was about these tiny killer robots trying to kill this boy, and his gramps came and dragged him into this weird journey. I'm gonna talk about spoilers here, gramps has to fake his death so the son ...
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In “Girl Genius” novel “Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess”, do the Van Rijn Muses contain human consciousnesses?

In Girl Genius, there were nine super-intelligent robot "Muses" that were made by the spark van Rijn for the Storm King. They are robots, but they can hold a human consciousness, as they did ...
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Post-apocalypse animated movie involving cyborg and enhanced humans

I watched this movie 5-6 years back, I remember the story but not the title. This movie starts in a train with an AI heavyweight cyborg and a girl, both return after completing a mission. This is an ...
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Comic or Webcomic with a robot enthusiastically proclaiming “Krill the humans!”

I was reading an article recently that mentioned the use of krill as a food source, and I found myself remembering a panel where a robot is enthusiastically chanting "Krill the humans!" with the joke ...
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Paperback ID: power armor/war robot theme; minimalist cover art

I saw a book in a used bookstore around 2005 in Ontario, Canada whose cover art really caught my eye. Unfortunately, I didn't end up picking me up, and it's been bugging me ever since. While I saw it ...
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Sci-fi adventure graphic novel: girl and her giant mouse companion face various robots, including a spherical one and one with many tendrils

I remember reading a sci-fi adventure-drama graphic novel in elementary school that had a simplistic and cartoony art style. I believe that the main protagonist was a girl and she had a giant mouse ...
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Can you identify this apocalyptic youtube film about a scrap metal robot?

Some time in the past 7 years, I saw a (possibly student) film on youtube about a scrap metal robot (The film itself may be older, but that is the timeframe in which I saw it). I will attempt to ...
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Old movie on a spaceship with an evil scientist with robots

I am trying to find old movie that I saw as a kid. Now I am not even sure if that one scene that I remember is accurate in my memory. But here is what I remember: it happened on spaceship there was ...
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Series of stories about a technologically-advanced society with nude masters but clothed slaves

The protagonist is a slave in a technologically-advanced society. The masters all go nude but the slaves are forced to wear clothing. Through some mechanism our hero gets transported to a realm where ...
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Adult comic about a robot that exterminated all organic life

It was about a robot who had exterminated all organic life in the universe, but hates his job, and later gets divorced by his wife. He also has a son that curses a lot, and later saves his world from ...
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Old movie about robotic crabs that eat metal, grow and reproduce

I once saw a movie as described in the title, but don't know its name or how old it is. Please note, we are not talking about the original German movie from the 70's, Die Insel der Krebse. I remember ...
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Are there any machine or AI civilizations in the Star Trek TV series?

Robotic civilizations and artificial intelligence are a staple of science fiction but I cannot recall seeing any major, independent, and prosperous civilizations of robots (or artificial intelligences)...
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How is Chemical A0-3959X.91 – 15 able to mutate Synthetics?

The Alien prequels reveal that aeons ago, life on Earth came into through the machinations of an ancient alien race dubbed the Mala'kaks/Engineers. The Mala'kaks/Engineers accomplished this feat ...
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Old (pre 2000) science fiction story of personal robot

I am looking for sci-fi short story that may have appeared in Analog prior to 2000. It had to do with a personal assistant robot that was intended to protect its human partner from harm. The robot ...
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Animation film with giant sphere-like bad “robot” [duplicate]

Asking community to help identify anime (animation film) from my childhood. By the style of that animated cartoon it seems like it was from 70s or 80s, and it had Japanese picture style to it. I saw ...
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Science Fiction (novel?) involving robotic feline pets named Pookas? [duplicate]

This was a case of me finding this in the process of doing research for my question, but I figured I'd post it. Somehow, the subject of pookas came up in a conversation at work, and I mentioned that, ...
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Robot that calculates injuries done to others by tiny fractions

I'm trying to remember a story (comic or book I think) where there is a robot that can calculate injury, suffering and harm caused to others. The hero of the story thinks that they have not hurt ...

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