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.

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Utopia of children brought up by robots

I am looking for the title of a science-fiction book describing a colony (utopia) on another planet that has been established as a social experiment. The inhabitants had been brought up only by robots ...
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Why are there so few robots in Star Trek?

Okay, obviously beyond Data and the Soong-type androids. But seriously, we have more robots in our daily life now than there apparently are on Trek. Is there a canon answer why not? It seems like Star ...
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1990s sci-fi series where humans in armed suits fight robots [duplicate]

I'm looking for the name of a sci-fi series, intended for children. Robots have control over the humans. There is a squad of humans who attack them. Every member in this squad has a badge on their ...
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Is C-3PO a slave?

Does he have free will? What determines who he assists? I remember in Star Wars when C-3PO and R2-D2 were sold to the Skywalkers, there were control bolts inserted into C-3PO's chest. But how did ...
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What happens to someone who destroys a Star Wars Droid?

Some Star Wars Droids are definitively sentient beings, but it appears that they are not treated as such. The Legal Status section of the Droid article of Wookieepedia (which have no references) said ...
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Identify a short story about post-apocalyptic household robots

Media: Short story collection When I read it: 2011 but the story itself was much older (unsure how much) so this information only serves to clarify that it is by no means new. Plot summary: A ...
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Robotic parts on a beach that assemble

I'm hoping someone recognizes this short story I read as a boy. The story was about a robotic eyeball that rolled around on a beach until it found a hand. The two parts joined up and wiggled around ...
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Looking for a short story about a robot evolving to have supernatural powers

I'm looking for a short story from about 50 years ago about a robot who escapes after being slated to be melted down and discovers while in hiding that it has evolved to have some supernatural powers.
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Asimov - Start with Foundation or Robots

I want to start and (this time) finish the two Asimov series I have: the Foundation books (Trilogy in fact) and the Robots cycle. Is there a particular order between those two series or are they ...
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Scifi novel from 90's with AI, robots, and a holodeck-like room

Can't recall what any of the title would be or who the author was. But the book involved the main character meeting a rich genius with a private island. He has an AI as his central computer, and it ...
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YA Novel where the main characters family have been replaced by impostors

There's not much I remember about the book. I know it has a green cover, the hardback version anyway. The green is almost shiny with vertical lines, sort of like the matrix. This could be way off, ...
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Data being intimate with Tasha Yar - why was Data built with this capability?

Pardon the inherent ickiness of asking how an android and a human...become intimate, but this has genuinely puzzled me since I watched the Next Generation episode "The Naked Now." The summary for the ...
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Short story about robots wearing out and 'dying' [duplicate]

I am looking for the name of a short story, maybe from the early 1950's. I tried most famous authors without success. Plot: all humans are extinct after a great war (decades ago). Fighting robots ...
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SF anthology story about mysterious android servants

These androids show up day in suburban USA and start offering all their services for free - they are much better than the robot helpers that cost money - the protagonist is a salesman of the latter. ...
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Looking for a late 1950s to early 1960s movie or TV show with some similarities to “The Zanti Misfits”

Move over Zanti Misfits! Though I chose Zanti Misfits as the primary reference I think that will have to change after viewing this video: While Mad Ants is a ...
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Anime style cartoon - 4 characters on a planet with giant oval floating robots looking for them - 1989 or before

I have been trying to find a cartoon I watched as a kid. It was shown on Sky Movies (UK) in 1989 or 1990 in the kids cartoons slot on Sky Analogue. It featured a team of four characters, possibly ...
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What sci-fi short story featured a man waking up from stasis several times over millennia?

I read this story in a sci-fi anthology in the mid 90s, but I remember thinking the book looked pretty old by then. The story is about a man who wakes up from stasis / cryogenic sleep in the future, ...
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Robots on planet with no humans until a rocket with a human lands

I'm hoping someone will recognize this short story. It involves a culture of robots on a planet, and the story is told from the perspective of one of them. One day a rocket lands. The robots, ...
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Why are newly animated Transformers always evil?

In the Transformers film series, common household electronics like cellphones, radios and blenders are often turned into Transformers when they come in contact with the AllSpark energy. Why are these ...
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Identify this short story: Malfunctioning robot destroys anything that moves, man is injured by robot, shines light on robot

Ok, I need your help. When I was young, I was reading some random book of short stories. I think the book was from 1960's. I can't remember the book name or the stories name. But the story was ...
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Name of short story told from perspective of mechanical alien?

I seem to remember a short story I read once that had an alien protagonist on a metallic world (trees with solar panels, full metallic ecosystem, etc). It was sort of mechanical/robotic, had a 'wife' ...
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If Optimus and Megatron came to Earth 4 million years ago, why are the Transformers' robots forms so humanoid?

Why are the Transformers' robot forms so "humanoid"? I understand why their vehicle modes are cars and airplanes: Transformers (or at least, Teletraan I) can scan any vehicle, and then transform into ...
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Name of the SciFi book where boy finds a crash-landed robot spaceship

I am looking for the author / title of a short illustrated story about a robot (humanoid form) that crash-landed on planet earth and a boy finds the wreck. He climbs into it and goes up to the head ...
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Goofy looking alien robots lose a “Kleptonite Ball” towed behind their spacecraft

I remember watching this on TV in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I only saw one episode, and the ending resolved very little, leading me to believe that it was a pilot for a TV ...
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Book about Shakespeare and Churchill as a robot

I am looking for the name of a book; the details are as follows: It is set in London William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill are characters who turn out to be androids They are responsible for ...
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Do the Machines in “The Matrix” Adhere to the Three Laws of Robotics?

In the "real world" of the Matrix, do the machines follow Asimov's Three Rules? Were they even programmed with them? EDIT: I realize that killing people goes against the 1st law, but by keeping ...
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Trying to remember story or novel with a non-functioning assassin robot

I have a vague memory of a story (I'm not sure of the length) that I must have read at least fifteen years ago, but beyond that I'm not sure. There's only one element of a more complicated plot that ...
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Looking for the short story: personal robot assistants sitting on one's shoulder

I think the PDA's had a single eye. The protagonist is the only one that does not have one of these sitting on their shoulder, reading their mail for them, etc. The protagonist finds that the PDA's ...
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Mid-80s cartoon with 4-5 robots with “special powers” to zap things; had a scene with a kraken chase on an ice world

Does anyone remember a cartoon with 4-5 humanoid robots on Saturday morning in the mid-80s? As far as I can remember, they had "powers" to zap things and maybe fly but I don't remember much of the ...
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80's anime with the villains coming back after each defeat with a new animal-based robot

What I remember is that in the same movie every time the villains were defeated they came back in a new machine, I think they were all animal based but robots. They always had the same symbol ...
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Identifying a story about a girl named Sarah who finds out she is a robot

I read this sci-fi novel for young adults when I was a kid, and I would love to re-read it but I can't remember the title. I remember the copy I borrowed from the library had some sort of television ...
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Sci-Fi/Horror movie possessing robot with long neck

I'm trying to identify a sci-fi/horror film from the late 70's or 80's. It was live-action and takes place mainly on a spaceship or station. The film is very dark with a vibe similar to Alien (1979). ...
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Origin of Robot noises

The "Beep-Boop" noises that are often associated with robots in movies (like R2D2). Do they have an origin? Robots haven't existed for long so I imagine someone started it recently. Are they from an ...
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Story about a young girl raised/created by robots

The story mentions the three laws of robotics, but I can't find it in the list of Asimov's stories in Wikipedia. I read it about a decade ago. Humans have been extinct (possibly left the earth) for a ...
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Looking for name of sci-fi book and author: “father” of robots from 60s or 70s

Any avid sci-fi readers around? A while back, I was working in a max security hospital. I came across a book, and started reading it during down time. It was a collection of short stories themed with ...
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How many different Soong robots were there?

Star Trek TNG's Data was an andriod created by Noonien Soong, who was the Albert Einstein of robots. He was a busy guy and I think I can count about 4 total robots. Does anyone know all of the Data-...
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Trying to find a book called The Game

So I read this book about 4 years ago in my middle school English class and I haven't been able to find it since. It is titled The Game, but that's not its original title. I cannot remember the ...
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Looking For A Groovy Story I Read As A Child

Everyone! I am looking for a story I read as a child that I have never forgotten. I believe it was in some kind of anthology or magazine, possibly OMNI, because my parents used to subscribe to that ...
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Short story about a robot who wants to become a writer

I don't remember much about it, but I remember reading it about 5-8 years ago while on an Asimov kick. It may be one of his stories, but I can't remember names/places. All I can remember is that the ...
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Brains in combat chassis

I cannot for the life of me remember the name of this book. One main part was the earth had been invaded and people were volunteering for their brains to be wired into large robots/ combat chassis and ...
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Why are droids tortured?

Bitmask took this photo while attending the Star Wars Identities Exhibition : I remember this scene from one of the original trilogy movies. I also remember the droid was "screaming" as it was ...
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What was the most important thing of all that Hari Seldon wished to tell Daneel?

In Asimov's Forward the Foundation Hari Seldon's last encounter with the robot Daneel Olivaw is below: Seldon stood there for a few minutes after Daneel had gone, lost in thought. Suddenly he began ...
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Short story about a man who realizes every day is a repeat of yesterday but no one else thinks so [duplicate]

In 1988 I read a short story about a man who was on his way to work. He meets a friend at the bus stop and they engage in small talk, then get on the bus and go to work. They come home and go to sleep....
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Story about clockwork mice?

I'm looking for a story I read about 20-30 years ago in a short story collection. It involves a man who builds a machine that looks like a large coffin, filled with clockwork gears. I can't recall if ...
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Short story pre 1990 involving different classes of machines confused without man. Man arrives at end

The short story I'm looking for was published before 1990 but was more likely a 1950's to 70's publication. Machines of different classes and intelligence such as diggers and combine harvesters are ...
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Robot as word processor - looking for old short story

Looking for an old short story where a publishing company buys a robot to help with copy-editing (typing on a manual type-writer...). The robot then ends up copy-editing, then writing the stories, ...
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Human wanders into robotic farm [duplicate]

This short story was in a collection by one author. It concerns one human in bad condition - hungry, and ill - finding a farm where all the work is being done by machines of varying intelligence. The ...
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Short story about a robot who finds the last human in the solar system?

The main thrust of the story is that a robot finds what may be the last human in the solar system. He then attempts to "repair" the person (robot fashion) when the human complains about the low ...
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What story has a robot that gains psychic power after direct exposure to hyperspace? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a story I read about twenty-five or thirty years ago, in a book I got in a second-hand store. I don't remember the title of the book, which had a number of short stories in it, but in ...
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What was the inspiration for the design of R2D2?

Looking at R2-D2, I can't think of any robots I've seen in science fiction that vaguely resemble R2D2's design. So, my question is What was the inspiration for the design of R2D2?