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Top 6: Robot Movies

Robots have existed in science fiction for the better part of a century, and more and more the fiction is turning into reality. What is it that makes the idea of robots so interesting? Perhaps because it opens up so many other interesting questions. What kind of robots will we have? How will they be used? How will they change society? Those questions are enough, but the line of reasoning quickly escalates into ruminations about what makes us human, and what qualities of humanity robots can replicate and -- more to the point -- replace.

Robots are fascinating and frightening at the same time, and that's probably why there are several good movies about robots out there. Here are ours, from Episode 33's Top 6 segment. What are your favorites?

As always, we recommend listening to the episode before reading further.

  1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  2. Metropolis (1927)
  3. Blade Runner (1982)
  4. The Second Renaissance, Part I and Part II, part of The Animatrix (2003)
  5. Westworld (1973)
  6. The first third of A.I. (2001)
  1. Metropolis (1927)
  2. The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  3. The Iron Giant (1999)
  4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  5. Westworld (1973)
  6. Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983)

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