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10th Aug '17 9:33:07 AM AFP
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* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles'' presents us with C.H.A.S., a fully autonomous robot soldier which the Roughnecks are assigned to test. While intelligent enough to engage in conversation and devise its own very clever tactics, C.H.A.S. is dismissed by everyone except [[NonActionGuy Higgins]] as being JustAMachine. Interestingly enough, C.H.A.S. seems to agree, reminding Higgins of this [[spoiler: before saving him in a HeroicSacrifice]]:
-->'''C.H.A.S.''': I was never alive.
10th Jul '17 1:33:21 PM SilentStranger
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Vegeta asks Android 19 if androids experience fear before going [[SuperMode Super Saiyan]]. ([[CurbStompBattle They do.]]) At least some of what the English dub persistently calls "androids" are actually cyborgs, although 19 appears totally mechanical.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Vegeta asks Android 19 if androids experience fear before going [[SuperMode Super Saiyan]]. ([[CurbStompBattle They do.]]) At least some of what the English dub persistently calls "androids" This trope does not apply to Android 17 and 18, who are actually cyborgs, although cyborgs and still retain human emotion, but it does to Android 16 and 19 who are completely mechanical. Both 16 and 19 initially appear emotionless with no desire beyond their programming to destroy Goku, but 19 feels fear before Vegeta kills him, and 16 soon turns out to actually be a stoic AllLovingHero, with the exception of his desire to kill Goku, which appears totally mechanical.to have been hard-programmed into him.



** The episode "The Measure of a Man" has Data fighting for his rights as a sentient being.

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** The episode "The Measure of a Man" has Data fighting for his rights as a sentient being. [[spoiler: He wins, a court case establishing him as a "person"]]


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** One episode, directly referencing "The Measure Of a Man" above, has the Doctor take a publisher to court after they refused to withdraw a short story he wrote on the grounds that he isnt legally a person and has no creators rights. [[spoiler: Unlike said episode, the Doctor doesnt win personhood, as the official in the case isnt prepared to grant the status to beings who posseses no actual physical form. However, he IS granted the status of "Artist" and given full creative rights. The ending also implies that the story has sown the seeds of rebellion among other holographic lifeforms]]
3rd Jul '17 12:59:36 PM ironballs16
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* ''Monster Girl Quest'' has the villain Laplace, a computer modeled after a human girl, who runs Promestein's laboratory. She spends most of her time trying to figure out where the line between "living" and "mechanical" is drawn. After Luka defeats her, she activates the lab's self-destruct, but puts it on a five-minute delay so Luka can escape. Just before it goes off, she notes that her orders were to ''immediately'' destroy the lab if she was defeated, and concludes that her ability to disobey a direct order answers her question.

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* ''Monster ''[[PornWithPlot Monster Girl Quest'' Quest]]'' has the villain Laplace, a computer modeled after a human girl, who runs Promestein's laboratory. She spends most of her time trying to figure out where the line between "living" and "mechanical" is drawn. After Luka defeats her, she activates the lab's self-destruct, but puts it on a five-minute delay so Luka can escape. Just before it goes off, she notes that her orders were to ''immediately'' destroy the lab if she was defeated, and concludes that her ability to disobey a direct order answers her question.
1st Jul '17 2:07:16 PM ElectroKraken
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* This short quest forms building blocks for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' where the Railroad, humans who help liberate and integrate runaway synths, become a major player in the Commonwealth. The Railroad still helps synths 20 years after ''3'' though they are more extreme in their methods, if they weren't already before.

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* This short quest forms building blocks for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' where the Railroad, humans who help liberate and integrate runaway synths, become a major player in the Commonwealth. The Railroad still helps synths 20 10 years after ''3'' though they are more extreme in their methods, if they weren't already before.
13th Jun '17 8:26:38 PM nombretomado
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* In a ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'' comic appropriately titled "Do Consoles Dream of Electric Sheep?", the title brothers attempt to create a video game system with an AI that rivals the (then) new {{Xbox 360}}. The result was a sentient video game console who questions the visions it sees (including a SuperMarioBros game) and it's purpose. Realizing they probably overdid the A.I., the brothers remove its power and go back to the drawing board.

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* In a ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'' comic appropriately titled "Do Consoles Dream of Electric Sheep?", the title brothers attempt to create a video game system with an AI that rivals the (then) new {{Xbox UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}. The result was a sentient video game console who questions the visions it sees (including a SuperMarioBros game) and it's purpose. Realizing they probably overdid the A.I., the brothers remove its power and go back to the drawing board.
16th May '17 7:08:49 PM nombretomado
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* In ''UndocumentedFeatures'', the answer to this question is an unambiguous yes. Sufficiently advanced machine intelligences generate a [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Spengler]] [[LifeEnergy flux]], can learn KiAttacks, can operate [[EmpathicWeapon Empathic]] [[HumongousMecha Mecha]], and can even go to [[WarriorHeaven Valhalla]] when they die. On a more personal level, this is what [[Anime/TheBigO Dorothy]] is exploring as she sees whether she can become more than just a doll in the likeness of her creator's dead daughter. She even literally finds she can have dreams (and EroticDreams at that).

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* In ''UndocumentedFeatures'', ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'', the answer to this question is an unambiguous yes. Sufficiently advanced machine intelligences generate a [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Spengler]] [[LifeEnergy flux]], can learn KiAttacks, can operate [[EmpathicWeapon Empathic]] [[HumongousMecha Mecha]], and can even go to [[WarriorHeaven Valhalla]] when they die. On a more personal level, this is what [[Anime/TheBigO Dorothy]] is exploring as she sees whether she can become more than just a doll in the likeness of her creator's dead daughter. She even literally finds she can have dreams (and EroticDreams at that).
27th Mar '17 1:53:44 PM Willbyr
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* Similarly to ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', Tetsuro in ''GalaxyExpress999'' does the exact ''opposite'' of this. Instead of a robot wondering how human they are, Tetsuro feels he needs a machine body; until, in a reversal from finding it's true, he [[spoiler:finds that CyberneticsEatYourSoul and doesn't go through with it]].

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* Similarly to ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', Tetsuro in ''GalaxyExpress999'' ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' does the exact ''opposite'' of this. Instead of a robot wondering how human they are, Tetsuro feels he needs a machine body; until, in a reversal from finding it's true, he [[spoiler:finds that CyberneticsEatYourSoul and doesn't go through with it]].
8th Mar '17 4:02:00 PM nombretomado
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* The ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' and ''[[MegaManZX ZX]]'' series, features this trope now and then, though it's at least partially subverted in that the robots themselves don't believe in it. For the most part, the only robots that do are either dangerously malfunctioned (it's been argued that this label [[AIIsACrapShoot really means "they've achieved independent thought"]]) or outright criminal.

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* The ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' and ''[[MegaManZX ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZX ZX]]'' series, features this trope now and then, though it's at least partially subverted in that the robots themselves don't believe in it. For the most part, the only robots that do are either dangerously malfunctioned (it's been argued that this label [[AIIsACrapShoot really means "they've achieved independent thought"]]) or outright criminal.
7th Mar '17 9:38:48 PM Edgar81539
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But, after all, the human brain is little more than an organic supercomputer...

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But, after all, the human brain is little more than an organic supercomputer...

26th Feb '17 9:19:45 PM ElSquibbonator
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* The driving theme of Creator/MohiroKitoh's manga ''Manga/WingsOfVendemiaire'' is whether the titular ArtificialHumans deserve to be treated as people.
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