Questions tagged [robots]

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Are The Three Laws of Robotics explicitly defined in one of the Asimov's stories?

I want to know if The Three Laws of Robotics are explicitly defined in one of the Asimov's robot stories. In which one? I am asking this question because I remember reading something about the laws ...
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How big was the planet killer from “The Doomsday Machine” episode?

I tried to look it up, but all I can find is Commodore Deckers description of the planet killer: "Miles long, with a maw that could swallow a dozen starships," That's pretty big, but how big was ...
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Pre-1985 anime - boy romance with robot girl - she turns human

I have a vague recollection of seeing before 1985 a sci-fi animated movie, with a boy and a robot girl; I saw it in a theater, this is not a series. I remember that in the end they were on a beach or ...
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Identify movie/show with military robot cutting through soldiers' legs

A long time ago I saw part of what was either a movie or TV show on TV wherein a group of soldiers were protecting a door from a military robot while a group of people were watching remotely (possibly ...
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Scifi novel with scientist studying 'celestial statues'. His daughter has a sexual relationship with a robot

About 10 years ago, I read a sci-fi book in French. I am hoping the book exist in English as well. The action starts in a spaceship. A scientist is studying "celestial statues" that were thought to ...
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Trying to identify a comic about a girl and a robot break into a lab to steal experimental chip

I'm on an impossible task to try to identify a comic I read online. It was a free PDF (maybe 30 pages long?) and was the first part of a story about a girl whose dad (or something similar) brings ...
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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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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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What was Asimov's contribution to real-world robotics?

Isaac Asimov is one of the (if not the most) important figures of robotics in science fiction. Has he had an influence on the development of real-world robotics (in science or industry)?
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Looking for the name of a short story about robots seeking experiences

I'm looking for the name of a short story I remember reading at my University library between 2001-2003. It had a great selection of Sci-Fi stories and anthologies. I'm pretty sure this story was in ...
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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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Kids in advanced scifi school novel series?

Okay, I remember this being sold in a Christian bookstore, but it may or may not have been Christian themed. Basically these kids were part of an advanced school in a futuristic society, and went on ...
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Looking for a Japanese English-dubbed boy and giant robot film

This is not Johnny Sokko. This live-action movie (or TV show) was about an hour long, likely produced in the late 80's/early 90's, and VERY low budget. A Japanese boy and his giant multi-colored ...
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Sci fi movie 80's child sized killer robot, wasteland, apocalypse

I'm trying to find a film I saw on VHS rental in the 80's. It had a child sized robot that was a guardian of several humans, escorting them across a apocalyptic wasteland. The robot spoke and was ...
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Synthezoid vs Android

The Vision is always described as a Synthezoid, however I can't find any description of what that is other than a "A special type of android empowered by synthesizing energy". Is there any real ...
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Science fiction movie in which a family (in their car) are abducted by tractor beam

Since my early teens I've had this memories of a few scenes from what looked like a low-budget 80's movie or TV show. It starts with a family(parents and two teenage children) driving down a packed ...
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Why aren't Transformers usually attacked by an EMP?

So if the Transformers are giant robots with electronic bodies as referenced in the movies, shouldn't they be easily defeated with a large EMP (electro-magnetic pulse)? Assuming their suits don't act ...
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Looking for a short story involving robotic proxy warfare on the moon [duplicate]

War was banished from Earth, and instead operated by proxy on the Moon. Belligerent nations would each send robots (not necessarily androids) to the moon to compete for supremacy in the given conflict....
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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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Is the spaceship in Flight of the Navigator a robot?

It's an old movie, sure, but I've been wondering if the ship is actually robotic or if it has an unseen pilot that speaks to David.
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Animated film where protagonists travel to the future and save a robot-enslaved humanity

I watched many years ago when I was a kid this animated film, and I just can't find it. It may be an episode from an anime, but I don't think so, as I remember it being longer than that... Here is ...
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Why didn't the T-1000 wait for John Connor at his foster parents' house?

In the CinemaSins video titled Everything Wrong With Terminator 2: Judgment Day, some interesting questions are given concerning how the T-800 initially tries to find John Connor in Los Angeles. ...
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Help find name and author of science fiction story about robots taking over all aspects of war

I read this short story a while ago. It described a futuristic war fought by robots. It featured a team of some sort of military elite going in an underground train (which broke on the way) to their ...
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Cartoon: Yellow Robot helps Princess escape from Coup d'état [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a cartoon that begins with an empire in Coup d'état. The king ordered the princess to escape while he held back the attackers. He sent her to a lab or something where she found a ...
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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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Looking for story title of a young girl with enhanced robot cat who becomes queen of the asteroid belt

Her parents are separated and leave her to her own devices. Her father was a genius who studied swarm tactics and upgraded her pet robot cat. With her cat's help she runs away to a work colony in ...
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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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What Sci-Fi book about robot domination is this?

Looking for help to find a book I read maybe 30 years ago. The main thread was about robots eventually taking control over man. There is a central leader robot who comes to power. The key fact I ...
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Are there robots with female characteristics in Isaac Asimov's stories?

Are there any robots with female looks, personality, or at least name?
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How were the swords made safe to humans?

In the film "Westworld" (1973) starring Yul Brynner, it's shown that the firearms in Westworld will not fire on humans because they contain a heat sensor, allowing the gun to fire if pointed at a cold ...
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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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short science fiction story about a soldier in a war between the two robotic nations

The story follows a humanoid robot soldier in a battle and describes how he clears a house using his high-tech weapons and then collects the body parts of the slain enemies in a sack to be "recycled" ...
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How are citizens of Elysium arrested?

The robots on Elysium cannot arrest a citizen. As stated by a robot at the end of the movie. So who deals with criminals who happen to be citizens? Is the movie implying that the super rich are ...
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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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In the climax of “The Mechanical”, why does Jax not do this?

In Ian Tregillis's book The Mechanical, towards the climax, Jax is in the New Amsterdam forge when he is attacked by various Stemwinders and servitors. At one point, Jax uses the piece of glass to ...
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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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Identify this movie - a robot with a hypodermic needle that causes hallucinations

I am looking for the name of a movie. One of the scenes involves a robot that possesses a kind of hypodermic needle, which injects a substance that causes very intense hallucinations, eventually ...
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Looking for a book from the 70s probably about space war and robots

Looking for a book from my childhood. It would be from the 70s, probably '77 or later, and my recollection is it was a dystopian book about a war between humans and androids or cyborgs. It was an ...
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Does Data adhere to the Three Laws of Robotics?

I'm trying to think of times when Data broke the 3LR, but I can't think of any outside of the episode of Clues in TNG. But I also don't remember any mention of the 3LR by Data or Soong. Is Data able ...
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Do any versions of The Avengers/Stark Tower have a flying defense robot similar to this one?

For Christmas, I received this LEGO set of the Avengers Tower. It comes with some sort of flying robot defense-system that launches from the very top of the tower. The set is mostly based off ...
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Why do Gundam robots have eyes anyway?

So, for the longest time, I assumed the mobile suits in Gundam had cameras in their eyes for the pilot to see from inside the closed cockpit. However, I learned that, in fact, the camera was in the ...
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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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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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1980s (possibly) Cartoon movie, Oil workers find a magic mask when drilling for oil

I am looking for a movie I saw when I was a kid, all I can remember is some oil workers drilling for oil then an old magic mask causing an earthquake and rising out of the ground, the next part I ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the concept of an artificial, independent plurality?

To further elaborate, I would like to know about works where we meet some group of AI which by whatever concept can move through and interact in Spacetime (excluding AI that exists in VR) is not just ...
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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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Short story about a space pilot trapped in a “Hab” by a robot

Dying to find this story I read in the lates 70s or 80s. A fighter pilot from a space battle crashes and takes refuge in a Hab or pod meant for emergencies. Unfortunately, every time he moves, the ...
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What's the earliest example in Science Fiction of a robot 100% mimicking a human?

The classic example is, of course, Stephen Byerley from Asimov's "Evidence". Were there SciFi works featuring robots that are able to be indistinguishable from humans (by sight or behavior) prior to ...
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Asimov's laws in pseudocode or applying the 3 laws today [closed]

I first asked this at Writers.SE but was advised I might do better here... I am working on a science fiction novel that will involve a large quantity and variety of synthetic life forms. I have been ...
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Old science-fiction movie about killer bipedal robots in a desert

There is one movie I remember I watched as a kid but can't remember the name. I don't think it was block-buster, but you could rent it on VHS during the 90s. It involves killer bipedal robots in some ...