Have you been paying attention to all the news about robots? Jobs that can be done by robots? Some day we may look back and say, “This is when it all began.”
I saw the movie Tobor the Great at a summer day camp when I was a little girl. I remember the line “Tobor is robot spelled backwards,” but I don’t know who said it or if it was me. I liked Tobor. On the movie poster it says “Man-made monster with every human emotion.” In the movie Tobor saves a little boy from enemy agents. The boy was able to communicate with Tobor telepathically. Another robot that was pretty nice was B9, the robot in the television show Lost in Space. He was always looking out for any threats to the Robinson family. Video via Tom Crimmins on You Tube:
In later years, the robots became more threatening. In 2001: A Space Odyssey the robot HAL is running the whole space ship and has a breakdown and decides to start killing off the crew.
Video via Qapla on You Tube:
And then Blade Runner and Matrix and others. In these films, after great battles, the humans are eventually victorious over the robots.
I have been thinking about robots more lately with all the news about robots replacing humans and an article on the Huff Post this morning, The Dark Meaning Behind the Word ‘Robot’ by Casey Williams. She brought up some interesting history. The word robot came from a Czech word “robotnik” which means slave. I am thinking,that if we aren’t careful, we will become the slaves. Ha!
This post is for Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt is “Ha.”