Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman (The Stepford Wives), Arnold Schwarzenegger (in two Terminator movies), and Eddie Murphy (Meet Dave). Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Two of the most endearing robots of film history appear in this decade -- Haley Joel Osment as David in Artificial Intelligence: A.I., and WALL-E in the animated Pixar classic of the same name. Interestingly, both of these robots have a richer and deeper emotional life than the humans that appear in their films.
This is the final slideshow in a six-part series on robots in films and TV. To you purists out there, we deliberately overlooked some of the more obscure robot films. But gosh, some of those small films were shot on 8 mm.
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2000: Red Planet. A six-person team of astronauts embarks on an investigative rescue operation in the year 2045 to investigate further terraforming of Mars for future human colonization. During a solar flare and subsequent shipwreck on the planet, a multi-purpose ex-military robot designed for mapping and exploration is damaged in the crash and reverts to its original programming as a hunter/killer. (Source: denofgeek.com)
You really must see Wall-E it's an excellent film in my opinion. I have enjoyed watching it several times.
Now I must find a copy of 9. I was unaware of this one.
I will agree that self aware electronics is a thing to pursue with great caution. The Sci-Fi is correct in the level of danger. I read books and many of them touch on it at some point. It's just our nature to mistrust the unknown and We learned that over a long period of development.
As to the reality VS percepion of robots, that will change over time but will the robots change more than the perception?
All of these robotic characters share very little with most current robot technology. BUT these are what the public has been seeing for many years. So what will they think of when the word "robot" is mentioned? And so all robotics suffers from an incorrect perception.
The one valid area is the problems that arise when robots become self-aware. That challenge is backed up by much of the current understanding of pshycology. So it seems that those who are attempting to creat self-aware systems should at best proceed with extreme caution, and better yet, just stop moving in that direction. Self aware robots that are built on the progrmmers own personality will certainly be the source of a large number of problems.
Well I'm not sure this is true for all films, a.saji, but you're right about how they do this in the movie industry, especially for animated films, which often have jokes that go over kids' heads but are funny for their parents. I find them sometimes more clever than comedies made for adults!
@Elizabeth: Yes the good thing about the film industry now is that they do not segment the films they make these days. That makes them cover all age groups within the film where it has something for everyone.
YES--Your slide shows Rob are amazing. My favorite in this show is WALL-E. My family loved that movie. The animation was incredible and there was an actual plot. We took our youngest grandkids and they were motionless for the entire movie. Again, great slides.
Rob, your robot slideshows are amazing. I always find some movie in there, that i totally forgot about. I have a special place for Meet the Robinsons, and watching it on your list brought back a lot of good memories. The next list of 2010s is going to be tricky, as there is a lot to choose from in Robots category.
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