There have been many movies about robots or at the very least have robot characters. Some of these characters are endearing while others are downright scary. Some were portrayed as heroes while others were bent on menace and destruction. These robots have entertained and fueled the imaginations of people across different generations. It will not be surprising if some of the world’s best minds in robotics have been inspired by robot movies they have seen in the past. Picking one movie to watch is not an easy task given the hundreds of possible choices. But here are five films that have robots in them that should be worth watching.
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runners are a special group of police operatives that track down rogue replicants. The latter are genetically engineered beings that look like humans. They were created by a corporation and designed to do jobs that are too dangerous for humans to do. The replicants perform their tedious or risky works in colonies outside the planet. This film revolves around a Blade Runner named Rick Deckard who was tasked to track and kill rogue replicants.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
This Japanese animation film about a cyborg tasked to hunt down a hacker. Maj. Motoko Kusanagi follows the trail of The Puppet Master who can change identities of people by simply hacking into the cyborg-human minds.
Star Wars (1977)
The original Star Wars trilogy has a lot going for it. There are many iconic characters that continue to have a huge following to this day. R2-D2 is one of the most memorable and lovable characters of this film. It has accomplished a lot in the films and have often proven to be reliable in several critical situations. R2-D2 may not look like a human, but he certainly acts as one of the most human characters in the films.
WALL-E is an adorable film about a robot that continues to do the thing he was designed. He does things on his own after the rest of the units like him are no longer operational. The film is about his adventures that started soon after meeting another robot named EVE which was sent from another world to do a probe on earth.
The future is here judging by the number of robots you see the robotics field is working on. Many robots including some prototypes have been unrolled. This may have sent ripples to STEM people, but it has hardly been an everyday topic of discussion for the rest of us. But it is interesting to note how robots are becoming more well-designed, intelligent, and efficient. These are among the many other characteristics that leave many of us laymen in awe.
Robots have been depicted in books and films in many different ways. They can be quite disturbing and scary as some of these stories suggest. For this reason, some people are wary of the idea while others are fairly ambivalent given the lack of knowledge and information. But imagine if you wake up one day with robots suddenly becoming a daily part of your life. How do you think that would make you feel? If robots turn out as well as many of their creators are envisioning them to be right now, they can play a big role in improving people’s daily life.
Robots providing entertainment
The robots that have been entertaining people who read books or watch films about them. But they have leapt out of the pages and the big screens into real life. In the past years, there have been entertainment robots that delighted people in different parts of the world. There was even a buzz about robot dogs. The Sony robot dog Aibo was designed as a robotic pet and has became popular among many for their entertainment value. This entertainment robot is just one of the many that have been rolled out to the public albeit with not much fanfare as other popular crazes we have seen in recent years.
Robots doing dangerous work
Curiosity, the famous NASA rover, has been in Mars for almost four years now. It successfully landed on the planet in August 2012. It has since done a lot of work that provide insights scientists and engineers need for their research. Curiosity is just an example of robot that can do dangerous and what for now may be impossible work for humans to do. Imagine what other extremely risky jobs robots can do that could keep people away from harm.
Robots as nannies or caregivers
Japan has been deep into research and innovation involving robot caregivers. One company started rolling out robot nannies in 2015 and others have built various prototypes several years ago. There have been features and stories showing robot caregivers doing their work with the elderly and children in certain parts of Japan.