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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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Without debating the ethics/morality/philosophy of the issue, let's note that C3PO is not a sentient being according to the laws of the galaxy, and therefore can not be a slave or free "person". C3PO is merely, like any droid, a piece of property, legality-wise. Practice-wise, there were some autonomous droids (e.g. IG-88, or Prince Xisor's bodyguard) but ...


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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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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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Data most certainly does NOT follow the three laws of robotics. Data is a serving officer in the Federation's military, he gives as well as takes orders. If he were to follow the Second Law of robotics, even enlisted personnel could force him to follow their orders. Data ignores the Third Law, he could not have acted as he did at the end of Nemesis - ...


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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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It is addressed again: From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasha_Yar 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 ...


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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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The book 'The Courtship of Princess Leia' mentions (in passing) an activist group for droid rights (when Threepio asks to address the Senate, who for some reason have a say in who Leia can marry). Under the Empire, droids had no rights. I haven't read anything after the Vong invasion, so I can't speak to that. In general, consensus for thousands of years ...


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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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Five. Four that were directly built by Noonien Soong: Data Lore B-4 Juliana Tainer's copy. There was also Lal, created as a partial clone of Data's own brain (his "Daughter").


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


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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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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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