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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A 1950/60s story about time-traveling robots - please help identify

OK, I'm going to combine my hate of time-traveling robot questions with my distaste for story identification questions, and try to leverage all'y'all's wisdom to help me remember a story about time ...
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Are the B1 battle droids in Star Wars self-aware?

They're so stupid and funny, they don't act like the cold-blooded robots in Terminator at all... so I first thought that they must be conscious. But then I realized that the Jedi mercilessly kill ...
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80s Cartoons with three robots with “screen” heads one white, one yellow and one red

I remember watching a cartoon, in the late '80s, for which I can't remember the name. The cartoon was surely American, had a light tone and was clearly aimed at kids. It featured three robots as ...
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Story Identification: 1980s series about four characters who escape a post-apocalyptic city in a bubble

From what I remember the animation style was quite similar to The Mysterious Cities of Gold. I have a feeling it was a Japanese/French collaboration. There was a city in a bubble, somewhat post-...
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Why don't more droids remove their restraining bolts?

In "Downfall of a Droid" (S01E06 of The Clone Wars), R2-D2 is captured by a Trandoshan trader, who puts a restraining bolt on him and puts him in a storage bay of sorts. However, R2-D2 simply nudges ...
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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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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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Short story about a advanced robot guarding a treasure

Does anyone remember the name/location of this short story? The story is about a technologically advanced robot that guards a treasure of great value. To survive the encounter and be allowed to ...
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Novel with robot-made human starfish [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember a novel I read in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Earth has been taken over by a robotic culture that has destroyed almost everything animal, vegetable, or human. A small number ...
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Planet of iron oxide inhabited by robots

I believe this is a pretty old sci-fi short story. As I recall, it takes place on a planet of iron and iron oxide (rust). The only inhabitants are robots. IIRC, a ship lands, or crash lands there, and ...
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Blackhawk comic book, moon base, killer robot

I asked this question about a comic book I read back in the 1960s and got a quick answer. Old comic book, war with the moon, Pan-ku Chinese first man1 Another comic book I read back in the 1960s, ...
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Old giant robot movie where an (ejected) pilot fires a discarded robot fist by connecting wires

I saw it very early in my childhood, between about 20-25 years ago. Live action People were piloting giant robots (can't remember just how big) I believe they were moving their feet and hands ...
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Little boy with robotic gloves attached to one hand. What's the name of the show?

He was wondering or exploring, I don't know. He came into a place like a crash scene with a big dead robot - not that big, a little bit bigger than a human - and the boy had some kind of pet or robot ...