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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Anime with little dolls which look like girls in mecha suits fighting as commanded

Anime with little dolls which look like girls in mecha suits fighting as commanded. I once watched a teaser for this anime. I don't know if they were 'micro girls' or human-like dolls/robots dressed ...
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A webcomic about a mostly ocean world

Recently, I’ve been having vague memories of a webcomic I read once, but I just can’t remember the name of it. What I do remember is that its setting is in a world that is mostly underwater and that ...
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Sci-fi cartoon about robots, wars, virtual scenarios and space

I only remember these facts from the series: Humanity is getting enslaved by another race whom seem similar to the human race Both groups use robots in combat Enemy uses technology, like a virtual ...
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What short story has a robot nanny who needed to be replaced, and a plot twist?

Around 2014 I read a short story collection (and the momory of it now just popped in my head) containing a story about a broken nanny robot who needed to be replaced. The plot twist of the story was ...
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Looking for a story where an intelligent robot tries to avenge the human race [duplicate]

This was a short story probably written well before 2010. I have an idea that it might be fairly well-known, but haven't managed to find it. It started in the not-too-distant future. There was a ...
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What is the in-universe reason for the anachronisms in "The Overman Culture"

The novel The Overman Culture by Edmund Cooper has been the proposed answer to at least three story ID questions, including Story where human children are raised by robots because there were no adult ...
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Movie about a man who is able to send messages using his brain like a fax machine

This is what I am able to remember from the movie: The man sacrificed his childhood memories to gain this power. His ability allows him to be used as a way of sending pictures from his brain to ...
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Anime like mechs. The protagonist is a girl

It's an anime I think new. I remember very few things. I remember that in one part there were many robots in a place like a prison where they were in poor condition and what kind of aliens or superior ...
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A short tale of a robot male house servant which the lady owner falls in love with

I read it decades ago, but then I watched Ex Machina and the tale came to my mind. It was, most likely, an Asimov short tale. The lady houseowner acquired a servant male robot that would perform house ...
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Animated show with transforming or talking cars fighting like gladiators

I remember this show from my childhood, probably between 1990 and 2000. I remember it was 3D animated. There were transforming cars (it was not Transformers) or they were talking cars. I was watching ...
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What is this robot/computer music album, with titles involving terms such as "memory" and "fragmentation"?

It must have been 2020 or earlier when, on a (now deleted) tumblr blog, I found a link to some sort of music page (bandcamp perhaps?) with I believe a blue-ish colour scheme that had several tracks ...
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Animated featurette about a boy who befriends old junky, clumsy robot in a Jetsons-like future setting

First off I don't think this was a full length movie, nor do I think it was connected to a series. I think it might have been some sort of featurette. I found this VHS in a library when I was a child ...
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Help identify story: 80s/90s childrens book about a child in a society ruled by robots

This was a short book I read in the late 80s or early 90s. I believe it has a cover of two robot policemen pointing guns and was probably called something like ".. of the robots" (I'm ...
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Book about a girl on a snow planet who programmed the robots she owns and turns out to be a princess

The book is about a girl on a snow planet. She boxes for funds and owns tiny robots that she coded herself. I believe she had a wristband that helped her code if I'm not mistaken? A ship crashes on ...
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1980s/'90s sci-fi B-movie about a totalitarian future where a boy finds an abandoned combat robot

I once watched this movie on TV. It looks like it was released in the 1980s (or early 1990s). The action takes place in a totalitarian future. At the beginning of the film, a boy hacker uses a ...
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Adam-and-Eve astronauts restart civilization, but their descendants trigger robot apocalypse

In the mid-1990's, I read a short story in Spanish in one of my high school textbooks. I'm not sure if the story was originally in Spanish but I remember that it was tagged with a Spanish-sounding ...
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Looking for the name of an anime where the robot head is also an airplane

Looking for the name of an anime where the robot/mecha was also an airplane. The pilot (white uniform) would typically fly the plane to fight the bad guys then there would be a scene where the plane ...
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Short science fiction story in which cyborgs are treated equally as humans

Last year I read a science fiction story online, but I forgot the name of the story. Roughly, the story goes like this: Imagine, in a futuristic society, where the cyborgs were treated equally as ...
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Animated movie with a cute little girl, a talking dog, and a talking humanoid robot

Here's everything I remember from this movie: My family rented a VHS for a single weekend. I watched it three times. I can still picture some images from it, but I don't remember the name or the plot. ...
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Robotic police patrolling a park [duplicate]

I don't remember the title or author a story with a plot roughly as follows. There is a park where people can do whatever they like except that it is monitored by floating robotic police (which are ...
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Comic book title from the 1970s: robot army in transport planes

I was very young, but some details have remained with me throughout the years and I always wanted to find it. I collected thousands of comics in the '90s, but never came across this one. It was an ...
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How did Isaac Asimov come up with the 3 laws of robotics?

The first law is that a robot shall not harm a human, or by inaction allow a human to come to harm. The second law is that a robot shall obey any instruction given to it by a human, and the third law ...
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1980s movie about Spaceship that turned out to be a robot head

All I remember is a spaceship is found and taken in by a government type place and it turns out to be a head for a giant robot. It's 80s or maybe real early 90s, spaceship has one if not three lights ...
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Animated double feature VHS tape, had a film about space maggots and the other about a robot that had lost control or something

As a child I watch this VHS tape with my dad a lot and I’m trying to find it again. It was a double feature. The first animated sci-fi cartoon was about alien space maggots that looked like big yellow ...
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Stop motion short involving a robot taking over other robots in an apocalyptic wasteland

I don't remember much from this animation but I remember it being around maybe 17 min and being made maybe in 2012. It was set in some kind of apocalyptic wasteland. There was a scrap metal robot that ...
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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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