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Offhand I can think of at least two examples, both of which killed their creators The Pralor (shown) and Cravic Automated Personnel Units from VOY: Prototype. 3947: When it was anticipated that the war would end, the Builders no longer required our services and they intended to terminate us. In doing so, they became the enemy. We are programmed to ...


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This isn't an in-universe answer to the question, but when I was pitching stories to Trek, I went over some storylines with my agent before pitching and was given a strict "No androids" rule. She (my agent) told me that it was Jeri Taylor's position that Data was unique and that there were no other robots or androids of that level of sophistication in the ...


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The Iron Giant sounds like it fits Set during the Cold War in 1957, the film is about a young boy named Hogarth Hughes, who discovers a giant metallic robot who fell from space. With the help of beatnik artist Dean McCoppin, they attempt to prevent the U.S. military and Kent Mansley, a paranoid federal agent, from finding and destroying the Giant. The ...


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I think that neither published order nor chronological order quite does the series justice. Here's the order I think makes the most sense for maximum enjoyment of the books. You'll notice that I've left some out. The series was never quite finished, so I feel that a non-linear approach is the best choice here. This allows one to emphasize the building of ...


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If you go back to much older robots in movies and TV shows, there really isn't so much beeping as whirring. The classic Robbie the Robot was a prime example of this, with a large glass head that you could see the whirring mechanical parts, as well as lights flashing on him. The beeping was relatively common as well. This is because this is how classic ...


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It is addressed again: From Wikipedia, Although stories about Yar are not normally connected to Data, the issue of Data's sexual encounter with Yar amid a ship-wide intoxication during the episode "The Naked Now" is recounted in stories about Data. Data carries a hologram of Yar with him and during the trial regarding his rights in the second season ...


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All of the plot elements which you cited are in the 2001 movie "AI" directed by Steven Spielberg. Just do a Google Images search on "Artificial Intelligence movie" or "AI movie" and you will get a lot of screen captures from the movie that may trigger your memories. Although your 10 year old self forgot aspects of the overall story line, the movie has the ...


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He look suspiciously like a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot...note the extended fist above Bender's head. It appears the OP may have found the source graphic for this painting as well.


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Because it is the one time that we see Calvin revealed as a person, as a human being, as a woman. In every other story, she is presented as being absolutely cold and calculating, always right and if other people would just listen to her, everything would be fine. But here, her spirits are temporarily lifted with the thoughts and hopes of love, only to have ...


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Perhaps you're thinking of one or more the Stargate SG-1 episodes featuring Replicators. There are a variety of types; the one pictured below is the 'spider' variant. As mskfisher points out in his comment, machine guns were often used by SG personnel to defend against the Replicators. Replicators (of all the variants) were featured in many episodes. ...


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I'm hoping someone will recognize this short story. "Lost Memory" by Peter Phillips, first published in Galaxy Science Fiction, May 1952, available at the Internet Archive. One day a rocket lands. The robots, thinking that this is a fellow machine in distress, do what they can to help it. It became obvious that the stranger had been pitifully deranged. ...


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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 ...


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I suspect this is "Victory Unintentional" a classic short story by Isaac Asimov. (Scan available on archive.org) 3 robots are sent to explore Jupiter and meet the potentially hostile inhabitants. Although they make no threats or overtly hostile acts, they accidentally kill an experimental specimen by irradiating it, and in other ways prove themselves far ...


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"Two-handed Engine", a novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore; first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, August 1955, available at the Internet Archive. Expository paragraphs from the beginning of the story: Ever since the days of Orestes there have been men with Furies following them. It wasn't until the Twenty-Second Century ...


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A highly speculative question, but let us take a stab at it: Step #1: Define a robot A robot is basically a computer with sensors and actuators attached. You can take away the sensors and actuators without reducing the essence of a robot, which leaves the computer, or the brain. A computer is based on three things (as someone with your level of education ...


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George Lucas apparently admitted that the inspiration behind the "look" of R2D2 was the trio of Huey, Louie, and Dewey from Doug Trumbull's film Silent Running, which was released five years before A New Hope. Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec 1977 ...The drones, by the way, proved to be director George Lucas' inspiration for his own stubby robot, R2-D2, a ...


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That is Silent Running, from 1972.


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There were androids in TOS: the Mudd androids in the episode "I, Mudd", built "for the purpose of performing necessary service functions". Memory Alpha has a list of various self-aware machines, as well as a list of self-aware programs. These could be considered either advanced robots or simple androids due to their capacity to think and perform independent ...


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Feminine Intuition features JN-5 (Jane). You may also be interested in this list of female robots (gynoids) from Wikipedia. That list includes Landaree, a Solarian gynoid from Asimov's Robots and Empire


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I'm pretty sure it is The Eternal Enemy by Christopher Pike.


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TL;DR See at the bottom of this post after both pictures. The reason is two-fold. First of all, what works for humans also seems to work for (sentient) droids. 3PO is clearly shocked by the torturing, motivating him to do good work for Jabba (which he clearly despises). The picture I took was the script version of this shot from Return of the Jedi: Where a ...


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Could this be the low-budget B-movie "Star Wars"? In a scene near the start, several people on a spaceship are attacked by a large cyborg. Several of the crew then use an escape pod.


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A friend of mine is trying to track down a short story that her dad enjoyed decades ago . . . "How-2" by Clifford D. Simak, first published in Galaxy Science Fiction, November 1954, which is available at the Internet Archive, as is the X Minus One radio play. A PDF is also available here. It's a comedy, and the plot follows a guy who assembles a robot that ...


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I Sing the Body Electric by Ray Bradbury. In the story the mother of a family tragically dies. The father finds a newly opened store that sells custom made robot grandmothers/caregivers. The two sons love the robot but the daughter hates it. So it has to leave. As it gets ready to enter the shipping crate the daughter has a Freudian slip, that she knew ...


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Invitation To The Game by Monica Hughes, which was later re-released as The Game. It's the year 2154. Lisse and her friends have been deemed unemployable in the eyes of society. Now they must scavenge the disintegrating city for food and shelter, just to make ends meet. But their dismal existence starts to look up when Lisse and her friends are ...


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It appears this is just an ad for Carl's Jr. and the robot was created for the ad. Ad Robot was designed by the people who designed the terminator and Iron Man


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Others (dmckee and can-ned food) have already pointed out that the story you're looking for is from Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series. There are many stories in this series. I believe you're asking about the ones where Johann Karlsen purposely gets himself and a pursuing berserker trapped in an orbit around a black hole. Karlsen is featured in the four ...


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The Doomsday Machine From Star Trek TOS S02E06 - The Doomsday Machine The Doomsday Machine was a "miles long" planet destroying machine created by an unknown civilization. SPOCK: She [the Constellation] was attacked by what appears to be essentially ... a robot, an automated weapon of immense size and power. Its apparent function is to smash planets to ...


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It's quite amazing how many different numbers we have here, all attempting to address the same question. Some are more or less correct, some not at all, and some are correct within the scope defined by the answer but not the question. This confusion seems to stem from the fairly wide variety in the natures and origins of all the Soong-type androids. In ...


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