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Has Star Trek ever had any battle droid-like entities?

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 ...
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Animated movie about a giant metal robot that comes to Earth and befriends a boy

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 ...
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How did Isaac Asimov come up with the 3 laws of robotics?

The Three Laws developed gradually. It started with Robbie, aka Strange Playfellow, Asimov's first robot story, which he wrote in 1939. Asimov thought of robots as “industrial products […] built with ...
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A short tale of a robot male house servant which the lady owner falls in love with

It's possible the story you are looking for is called "Satisfaction Guaranteed". It is one of Asimovs robot stories and, as you mention, features a woman with a male humanoid robot assigned ...
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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. "Lost Memory" by Peter Phillips, first published in Galaxy Science Fiction, May 1952, available at the Internet Archive. One day a rocket lands. ...
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Origin of Robot noises

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 ...
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What’s the top-right robot on Wirdou’s “These aren't the droids we are looking for” shirt?

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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Sci-fi movie about robots killing sad people

Doctor Who Season 10 episode 2 "Smile" The Doctor brings Bill to a future human colony, where cute EmojiBots work as willing servants and make sure everybody's happy, but if they're not happy, they'...
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Movie with robotic child, robots fighting, underwater city with a ferris wheel

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 ...
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Old short about robots searching for the "Great Enemy" that wiped out mankind

"To Avenge Man" aka "Vengeance Is Mine", a novelette by Lester del Rey, also the (unaccepted) answer to this old question; first published in Galaxy Magazine, December 1964 (illustrated on the cover), ...
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Series of stories about a technologically-advanced society with nude masters but clothed slaves

The sounds very like the Apprentice Adept series by Piers Anthony except that in those books the serfs (serfs not slaves) have to go naked not the masters. Apart from this it all checks out. The ...
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Short story about robots exploring another planet whose inhabitants thought the robots were inferior

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. ...
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Looking for SF short story about robot executioner

"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 ...
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Short story about a mother choosing to save her robot son over her human son during a fire

This is the short story "Kid Brother" by Isaac Asimov which you may have read in the collection Gold. A (slightly questionable) version of the story can be found here and it was pointed out ...
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What is the earliest sci-fi story about humour and AI?

Good likelihood there's an earlier one, but The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966) by Robert A. Heinlein had a major character in the form of Mike — aka MYCROFT, the central computer of Luna City, which (...
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Book about a girl on a snow planet who programmed the robots she owns and turns out to be a princess

Stitching Snow (2014) by R.C. Lewis features a young woman, Essie, using coding on her seven robots for the mine on a cold planet, and she fights (even in the opening scene) for money. A ship crashes ...
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Robot that calculates injuries done to others by tiny fractions

"Going Postal" by Terry Pratchett, said by a golem to a fraud and confidence trickster Moist Von Lipwig who prides himself on never using violence to perpetrate his crimes. Relevant quote: “Do you ...
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How did Isaac Asimov come up with the 3 laws of robotics?

In this issue of Compute! magazine Asimov discusses the Three Laws as something that is "obvious from the start, and that everyone knows subliminally"; he credits himself not so much with ...
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Looking for a short story: robot making other robots

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 ...
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Identify science fiction novel about ancient machines destroying all sentient planets

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 ...
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Trying to find a book called The Game

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 ...
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Scifi horror on spaceship/station with killer robot

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 short story telling about some adults receiving motherly care from a robot

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 ...
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Has Star Trek ever had any battle droid-like entities?

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 ...
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Early 2000s movie about robot that invades the world

Possibly Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) It's got giant robots with a diesel punk look to them, and the end has a rocket full of animals.
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Need help identifying this robot from a cardboard cutout

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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1980s or 1990s animated film featuring robots or mechs, an abandoned city with skyscrapers, and a desert-like setting with a cliff

Could it be Robot Carnival? The one segment, Nightmare, has various robots walking through a city: There is at one point a round chicken-like robot in the segment. Another section of the movie (A ...
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Science Fiction short story(-ies) about a person who is arrested by a robot for being outside at night

I think I found it. It's likely Ray Bradbury's The Pedestrian. from the Wiki article: In this story we encounter Leonard Mead, a citizen of a television-centered world in 2053. In the city, ...
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What’s the top-right robot on Wirdou’s “These aren't the droids we are looking for” shirt?

Wirdou says it's Rock'em Sock'em Robots
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Identify a short story about post-apocalyptic household robots

Story identified: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury The story begins by introducing the reader to a computer-controlled house that cooks, cleans, and takes care of virtually every need ...
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