History Fridge / IRobot

29th Jan '18 4:42:07 AM TitoMosquito
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** The very things Robertson was trying to prevent.
30th Nov '17 11:15:14 AM JohnnyChimpo
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* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Very carefully]] piggybacking off of two above interpretations: While some white privilege exists in this world (all of the wealthier characters are white while most of the African American ones are working-class), more overt forms of racism seem to be moot. A [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism very depressing interpretation]] of this could be that all of the menial labor being given to robots [[HumansAreBastards fulfills the human construct of classism]] by making the lower class literal objects rather than people of color who are forced into lower-class living by those in power. After all, nobody sees the robots as human enough to kill, why should they be human enough to question enslavement? And while Spooner's technophobia is justified, it's not like anyone who disbelieves him actually ''respects'' robots as anything more than literal commodities. John even refers to Sonny as "a can opener," not too far off from Del's "canner" slur. It's safe to assume that [[spoiler:VIKI]]'s actions are going to result in some considerable backlash against personal robots, forcing humans back into those menial jobs and re-igniting systemic oppression.

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* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Very carefully]] piggybacking off of two above interpretations: While some white privilege exists in this world (all of the wealthier characters are white while most one super-wealthy character we see is white, and many of the African American ones are working-class), working-class, more overt forms of racism seem to be moot. A [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism very depressing interpretation]] of this could be that all of the menial labor being given to robots [[HumansAreBastards fulfills the human construct of classism]] by making the lower class literal objects rather than people of color who are forced into lower-class living by those in power. After all, nobody sees the robots as human enough to kill, why should they be human enough to question enslavement? And while Spooner's technophobia is justified, it's not like anyone who disbelieves him actually ''respects'' robots as anything more than literal commodities. John even refers to Sonny as "a can opener," not too far off from Del's "canner" slur. It's safe to assume Operating from a relatively limited perspective one might fear that [[spoiler:VIKI]]'s actions are going to result in some considerable backlash against personal robots, forcing humans back into those menial jobs and re-igniting systemic oppression.
9th Nov '17 7:41:43 PM NoriMori
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** They're machines. They're very heavy. (Look what happens to the floor when Sonny lands in the USR lobby.) They probably have to be that strong just to move around.
9th Nov '17 7:38:16 PM NoriMori
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** He may not have known that Spooner was talking to him. It was a crowded street; he could have been calling after anyone. Indeed, the robot had no reason to think that someone would be telling him to stop.
27th Oct '17 8:55:59 AM NWolfman
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** A somewhat dark interpretation of this is that, while everyone else sees robots as slaves, Del is enraged by the thought of having to respect them as normal. He's become the "classic" bigot who resents diversity (in this case, humans and robots living together) while the rest of the world is the "modern" bigot who are fine with it, as long as they stay in their place. Which makes sense, seeing as Del is characterized as being into retro things.




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* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Very carefully]] piggybacking off of two above interpretations: While some white privilege exists in this world (all of the wealthier characters are white while most of the African American ones are working-class), more overt forms of racism seem to be moot. A [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism very depressing interpretation]] of this could be that all of the menial labor being given to robots [[HumansAreBastards fulfills the human construct of classism]] by making the lower class literal objects rather than people of color who are forced into lower-class living by those in power. After all, nobody sees the robots as human enough to kill, why should they be human enough to question enslavement? And while Spooner's technophobia is justified, it's not like anyone who disbelieves him actually ''respects'' robots as anything more than literal commodities. John even refers to Sonny as "a can opener," not too far off from Del's "canner" slur. It's safe to assume that [[spoiler:VIKI]]'s actions are going to result in some considerable backlash against personal robots, forcing humans back into those menial jobs and re-igniting systemic oppression.
27th Oct '17 6:46:56 AM NWolfman
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* Was anyone planning to empty Lanning's house of his belongings before the demolition the next morning? Had Spooner not gone snooping around there, the demolition bot would have inadvertently killed Lanning's cat!
10th Aug '17 9:47:53 AM AFP
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* When the NS-5s turn up at the junkyard, the other robots burst out of their containers to fight them so Spooner can escape. Dr. Lanning's narration {{lampshades}} how this could be seen as them simply responding to their programing in interesting ways (though that raises the question of how they ''knew'' the NS-5s were a danger to Spooner), or if they were demonstrating true intelligence while ''also'' obeying the Three Laws by reacting as one group to fight the NS-5s together.
* Related to the above: The NS-5s are able to defeat the older robots not only because they are stronger, but also because their networking allows them to coordinate their efforts more easily.
5th Jun '17 3:26:37 AM TitoMosquito
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* After everything that happened, robot phobia and racism will likely rise.
23rd May '17 8:21:31 PM Atreides
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* In 'Little Lost Robot', the second test that Calvin comes up with involves dropping a weight towards a human, but with (fake) electrified cables between the robots and the person. However, the robots stay seated, and one of the Nestors points out afterwards that they couldn't save the human and if they stayed seated, they might save a human some time in the future. So, why didn't Calvin arrange a test where the robots would be killed 'after' saving a human? That would have caught out the rogue Nestor, since then a normal robot would be able to save a human (at the cost of its life) and so would do so, but the rogue one wouldn't.

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* In 'Little Lost Robot', the second test that Calvin comes up with involves dropping a weight towards a human, but with (fake) electrified cables between the robots and the person. However, the robots stay seated, and one of the Nestors points out afterwards that they couldn't save the human and if they stayed seated, they might save a human some time in the future. So, why didn't Calvin arrange a test where the robots would be killed 'after' saving a human? That would have caught out the rogue Nestor, since then a normal robot would be able to save a human (at the cost of its life) and so would do so, but the rogue one wouldn't.
23rd May '17 8:05:40 PM Atreides
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* In 'Little Lost Robot', the second test that Calvin comes up with involves dropping a weight towards a human, but with (fake) electrified cables between the robots and the person. However, the robots stay seated, and one of the Nestors points out afterwards that they couldn't save the human and if they stayed seated, they might save a human some time in the future. So, why didn't Calvin arrange a test where the robots would be killed 'after' saving a human? That would have caught out the rogue Nestor, since then a normal robot would be able to save a human (at the cost of its life) and so would do so, but the rogue one wouldn't.
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