Hot answers tagged

36

Robot is any artificial thing made to do work. Wiki defines it as a "mechanical or virtual intelligent agent that can perform tasks automatically or with guidance, typically by remote control". It's a very generic term. Anything can be a robot - from an industrial robot used on an assembly line (pretty much just an arm with a CPU) to human-like android to a ...


34

The earliest cyborg reference I could find was from the 1839 short story "The Man That Was Used Up" by Edgar Allen Poe. The cyborg in question is Brevet Brigadier General John A. B. C. Smith. From the Wikipedia summary: When [the narrator] visits the General's home, he sees nothing but a strange bundle of items on the floor. The bundle, however, begins ...


28

This sounds like Virtuosity, in which SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe), a virtual gestalt of various criminals' minds, is able to enter the real world as a glass-based cyborg. Here's a clip of SID 6.7, falling to be impaled on a bunch of glass, and then projecting blue, snake-like tendrils from his arm stump to absorb the glass.


24

He couldn't. Without a reinforced skeletal structure, his body should crumple or his limbs should be torn from their far less durable organic host. The televised series, The Six Million Dollar Man does not address this egregious error in both physical capabilities of a human body, nor in the capabilities of physical science considered possible in that era. ...


22

That's Invaders from Rigel aka The Onslaught from Rigel by Fletcher Pratt. The Project Gutenberg etext is based on the original 1932 magazine story, and may be shorter than the book version (maybe this one) that you read. The following review is from Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years by Everett F. Bleiler (ISFDB, Wikipedia): Novel. * Time: 1946 on. ...


22

Twenty years of searching, I find this site and five minutes later I do some reading here I've got my answer: Creatures of Light and Darkness by Roger Zelazny. I am so happy right now. From the TVTropes article: The Steel General, Wakim, and several other characters practice a martial art known as "Temporal Fugue", which allows the practitioner to ...


20

If we are considering functional prostheses, then they go back to before written history, notable Nuada Argetlam (literally, "Silver Arm"), a legendary Irish king. Since all rulers had to be complete and fully functional, he is in danger of losing his throne upon losing an arm, but has a silver one made to replace it. http://www.pantheon.org/articles/n/...


18

It is the combination of living and mechanical components that makes them cyborgs. The outer-tissue is also interactive with the endoskeleton inside. As the Terminator from Terminator 2 says: “I sense injuries. The data could be called pain.” Implying a bio-mechanical feedback from the skin to the CPU. The Terminators are also always called cybernetic ...


18

The skin isn't the only organic part to certain models. I managed to find this from wikipedia, cited from a novelised-script that pre-dates the first film: "It's called a cyborg really. Cybernetic organism. A machine put together with a living thing. The skin, and some layers under it, the hair, the surface of the eyes, and the inside of the ...


14

I found it! I was a little off on the description, but it's called Death Machine! Thanks for all the help!


14

I think this might be "Spawn of the Death Machine" by Ted White (1968). The Goodreads description is a partial match: "You are an artificially constructed human being, a mobile data-gathering device." That is what the computer's metallic voice tells Tanner when it releases him from his cell. Naked, unarmed, with no memory to guide him, he emerges into ...


12

Who? (1958) is a science fiction novel by American writer Algis Budrys, set during the Cold War. Plot according to wikipedia: An explosion resulting from an experiment gone awry rocks an Allied research facility near the border with the Soviet Bloc. A Soviet team abducts Dr. Lucas Martino, a leading Allied physicist in charge of a secret, high-priority ...


12

The Vindicator (1986) An employee of a secret company operation becomes the victim of the company's special weapons project. He is transformed into a robotic killing machine that, because of his programming must destroy anything that comes near him. source I remember watching this movie: The main character, Carl is a scientist in a robotic company that ...


12

Sounds like "A Dry, Quiet War" by Tony Daniel, 1996 (full text here) as previously asked here a few other times. The protagonist is Col. Henry Bone, a veteran of the "Big War at the End of Time." The bad guys are "glims": "Soldiers who don't go home after the war. The fighting gets into them and they don't want to give it up, or can't. Sometimes they have ...


10

I'm not sure if they would fit your definition of cyborg but there are such things as the Golem from Hebrew/Kaballah writings (sometime BC) and the Homunculus from Zosimos of Panopolis (~300 AD). Then there's King Mu of Zhou and his Automaton (1023-957 BC). Aristotle in his Politics speculated about what rights should be afforded and drew this idea from ...


10

Sounds very much like the climatic battle in I, Robot (from 2004).


10

Terminators were designed to pass for humans even under close inspection (security checks and so on) when infiltrating resistance cells. As such the logical answer to this would be that Terminators are designed with the same vocal capacity as humans. As stated by the OP, our voices do not just come from the voice box. The larynx creates the sound but the ...


10

Sky Commanders The storyline of Sky Commanders comprises the daily adventures of a multi-racial group of soldiers and mountaineering specialists from all over the world who battle the evil General Lucas Plague and his goon squad of villainous mercenaries and miscreants, "The Raiders", whose aim is to seize control of the planet. The series is set on a new ...


9

A cyborg is at least partially organic (the "org" part). So a human with grafted cybernetic components is a cyborg. Like Commander Data, The Terminator is NOT a cyborg, as he's robot all the way through. Robocop is a cyborg, being built on a biological human frame. An android is a robot in the form of a human ("andro" being greek for "man"). Data and Arnold ...


9

This is Moontrap with Walter Koenig and Bruce Campbell. Direct release to VHS, unavailable on DVD or Bluray.


8

In the stories immediately following "Scorpion", it's made fairly clear that Seven would die if the implants were not removed. The implants depended upon constant contact with the collective to continually adapt to the host body and prevent biological rejection of foreign matter. Without that contact, her body was attempting to reject the material, but it ...


8

Cyborg 3: The Recycler (1994) Here's a brief synopsis of sorts :-) Set in a desolate post apocalyptic world where a once thriving golden age of man and cyborgs has ended. Cyborgs are now hunted for their parts. Cash, a female cyborg learns from Doc Edford that she is somehow pregnant. She searches for the fabled city of Cytown to find ...


7

They only thing that comes to mind is Exo-man (1977). This show was the pilot for a series that never materialized. It's about a genius who survives a mob hit but is paralyzed and he builds himself a suit of armor that not only enables him to walk but also to fight crime too. Here's a video and here's the imdb page. UPDATE: Okay, how about Prototype X29A (...


7

It Was A Side Effect Of His Suit Legends His voice wasn't his own as shown by the Darth Vader's Armor article on Wookiepiedia: The med droids that had made the suit had inserted the redundant breathing tubes low enough so that, with the aid of an enunciator, his scorched vocal cords could still form sounds and words through a voice synthesizer in the ...


7

Alright, thanks to some comments which pointed out similar movies, I was able to find it by searching through "similar movies" one by one. Its name wasn't anything like "Aiko". It actually was Spriggan (1998). The movie included several creepy guys, though I remembered only 2 of them. The heavily armoured guy I remembered was called Fat Man. He was ...


6

Is it by any chance Screamers? The main character is a human soldier (or mercenary, can't remember exactly). He travels trough an arid, desolated post-apocalyptic planet and saves a little girl from cyborg killing machines, and she follows him 'till the end of the movie, when he dies.


6

To the gentleman who made comments about Austin's construction, he erred in his legs. This is where I have a large(er) beef with the bionic calamity on the whole. It clearly depicts in the introduction in a computer graft of his legs they are only bionic from his feet up to just above mid-thigh, which presents huge obstacles. All the great feats (leaping, ...


6

There was a TV show produced in Canada, Total Recall 2070, that seems to fit the bill.


6

The alien character "Zylyn" played by Cary-Hiroyuki Takagawa in the 1993 series Space Rangers in one episode had to be awakened from some sort of hibernation in a goo-filled chamber.


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible