back to article Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

Vulture Weekend brings you this poll, after Reg reader Cassie got in touch to tell us about a really neat timeline depicting the evolution of robots in film. We couldn't help but wonder what other Reg readers would think about the robots that made it onto the list, as well as the ones that didn't make the cut. Naturally, this …

Wot, no Data?

As far as I'm concerned the result will be null and void unless you put Data in the list of candidates.

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Re: Wot, no Data?

Yes I agree, also where is the T800, (Terminator)

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Re: Wot, no Data?

Or Bishop, or the T-1000, or, or....

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Re: Wot, no Data?

Quite. If you're going to exclude Data for being an Android then Ash should be excluded for being one too. In fact, Data is more robotic than Ash is.

Furthermore, you could say Ash is a Synthetic in which case what about Roy Batty from Blade Runner?

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Re: Wot, no Data?

The Doctor deserves to be in there too. Okay, he's a photonic, not an android, but he's still AI...

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Exterminate

It would have been kinda funky to ioclude the Daleks even though they are from a TV series.

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Re: Exterminate

Daleks are the muted creatures evolved from Kaleds & living in a armoured life support travel machine.

Cyborgs at best like the Cybermen.

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Re: Exterminate

The Daleks have been in films.

You do not want to see the films they were in, but they were...

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Re: Wot, no Data?

Screw Data, where the hell is Kryten?

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Re: Exterminate

Day of the Doctor was a film - and certainly a lot more fun than the Peter Cushing films.

(Although Peter Cushing would have been an interesting choice for a real, not human, Doctor.)

Edit: a valid argument above that they are in fact cyborgs - so probably not applicable here.

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Re: Exterminate

Daleks are not robotic. They are biological. They once fought a civil war against a faction that wished to improve themselved with cybernetic enhancements - they lost.

The visible pepperpot is essentially just a very advance wheelchair. With a built-in supercomputer, ray gun, sensory augments, communication system and force field. Oh, and it flies. But it's still a wheelchair.

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Box in Logan's Run was rubbish. Apart from its contribution to the plot, I think it was just an excuse to see Jenny Agutter's...

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Happy

You say that like it's a bad thing.

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Headmaster

What is this list?

Moon: "Gerty"

And those Gynoids from Ghost in the Shell.

And the military Boomers from Bubblegum Crisis.

Plus all those insectoid robots maintaining the Matrix. These were great (plus the fact they were probably agents who didn't get a job inside the Matrix because of a lack of human-oriented soft skills)

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Isn't Vincent a cyborg rather than an android?

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No, definitely a robot

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It's been a long time since I saw the movie but I remember human eyes under his visor. I thought the main bad guy had been cutting up the crew for parts (way before doctor who got in on the act).

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Terminator

You're thinking of Maximilian, who melds with Dr. Reinhardt on the other side of the Black Hole.

I don't know why it's got such a low rating on IMDB. I love that film!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078869/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Hole

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yeah some of the others were ex crew cyborgs but vincent was a dustbin with cartoon eyes painted on and not even humanoid. Full robot i say, although i think he does introduce himself with some badly chosen technical words...

Anyway who said this poll wasnt open to TV shows / cyborgs / androids ?

ok , i now see it has "Movie" in the title... and robot.... but thats just splitting 2 hairs. If theres a picture moving on my tv I'm not going to give acrap if its a movie or a tv show.

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Megaphone

Citizen. Please put ED209 into this list.

You have twenty seconds to comply!

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Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

I see an early surge in votes for Marvin, but I'm sure most of those are people thinking of the alternate, non-film, versions of Marvin. IMHO while Marvin was the best bit of the film, that's really not saying much ...

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Re: Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

Also remember at the time the TV series was made it was common for TV production to use 8mm or 16mm film and telecine to create broadcast video for TX or tape archive.

I don't know if H2G2 was filmed or not but I think it likely given when it was made.

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Re: Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

I see an early surge in votes for Marvin, but I'm sure most of those are people thinking of the alternate, non-film, versions of Marvin. IMHO while Marvin was the best bit of the film, that's really not saying much ...

Too true, that....

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Re: Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

16mm, Keef - 8mm was looked upon with horror as a pale domestic thing unable to meet broadcast quality requirements (yes, we had them, a long time ago.)

HHGTTG had the titles and effects filmed, in particular the book animations. I don't recall whether the shot scenes were studio (and therefore electronic) but the exterior stuff was almost certainly 16mm.

I'd ask around, but I've lost the contacts these days...

(Since the only possible icon would be a painful diode, and there isn't one, I shan't attach one.)

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Re: Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

But the one from the TV series DID appear in the film while they were queuing for something or other.

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Re: Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

Marvin the one from the TV series also appeared in the movie. He's in the queue for something at the Vogon homeworld. Thus his entry is valid.

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Re: Marvin - Remember it's film version, not the book, radio or TV version

I was going to vote for Marvin thinking of the TV series, then I realised that it was the film version being talked about. I hated the film. So, I voted for Johnny 5.

What about DARYL? Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform.

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No flesh shall be spared

M.A.R.K. 13 from Hardware. An oldy but a goodie. Bad robot, Angry Bob and Lemmy as your cab driver. What more could you want?

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Good question....

..but firstly, thanks for the mention of Dewey, Huey and Louie from the old school sci-fi epic Silent Running

These were the first "robots" I ever really paid attention to, seeing the movie as a young kid, I was mesmerised at their abilities, fixing the ship, gardening, playing cards and attending to Bruce Dern's left, or was it right[?]* leg in the movie (*Blooper alert) What I really enjoyed about them was the fact they were "tape driven" which was quite freaky for a 70's sci-fi movie, it added that little "limited RAM realism" when I think about it..

There are many worthy contenders in the poll, all legends in their own way, all worthy "candidates" too, but there was a missing candidate, an old school chap just called "Robot" from the late 60's TV show "Lost in Space".. how did Robot get forgotten?

The robot that got my vote was Sonny from I Robot. Why? Because he was the perfect mixture of intelligence, ability and form. If I were to ever own a home/work robot/droid, the "Sonny" appearance would be ideal, not too human (unlike Ash/Alien), very functional, intelligent and strong.

Thanks ElReg, another great survey and some great memories of the many electro-mechanical sidekicks that make us sci-fi fans smile

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Re: Good question....

Wasn't the Lost in Space robot just Robby, moonlighting ?

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Re: Good question....

Nope, nothing like each other.

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I am fairly sure there was at least one episode where both featured, with Robby as the bad robot.

(This is based on my memory from when it first aired - so I might be wrong)

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Another vote for Data here.

Also really liked TARS and CASE in Interstellar.

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Not celluloid but cathode ray...

I would like to nominate 'Sir Killalot' (Robot Wars)....what a Bastard.

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Re: Not celluloid but cathode ray...

Nah, Razor!

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I voted for Gort

Because I think based on when the movie was released, right at the dawn of the golden era of B movie sci fi, he set the tone for the "evil robot" for decades to come. Granted, he wasn't evil, but was purely a robot that did what he was told without any silly "3 laws" or feelings or anything like that.

Many other robots, along with 'not really robots but pretty much the same thing to most people' like HAL 9000 and the terminator that were true robots in that sense, followed in Gort's (rather large) footsteps. They simply followed orders/programming without the typical shlock of having a machine that wasn't programmed to think or feel do so because "love overcomes all".

While the three laws make a lot of sense, those aren't the robots we'll end up with. You can require it legally, but people will root/jailbreak their robot to get it to commit crimes for them, guaranteed.

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Re: I voted for Gort

There's a school of thought that says that Gort was the one in charge and the human was his subordinate.

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Re: I voted for Gort

If one reads the book, that was explicitly the case - though not revealed until the last page.

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Re: I voted for Gort

Whether Gort is in charge of Klaatu or not doesn't matter, so long as he was merely following orders from above.

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Re: I voted for Gort

So far, I'm the only one who voted for the bikini robots....

Do I get a perv award or something?

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BIDDY BIDDY BIDDY...

...where's twiki? How about the next 'timeline' deals with plotting the personalities of Robots through the decades...for example if you were stuck on a desert island, which robot ,TV or Cinema, would you like to be stranded there with?

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Re: BIDDY BIDDY BIDDY...

Twiki, a proper positronic brained Asimov robot (at least according to the series which also had Crichton (who wouldn't make this list being TV only, and not in the feature length film pilot - I guess this is also the reason for the ommision of the similarly named Kryton).

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Is a mech a robot?

Possibly splitting hairs here, but isn't Gypsy Danger a mech rather than a robot, because it is piloted by humans (like a tank or an aircraft is) rather than being autonomous?

Still, at least the poll didn't fall into the trap of including cyborgs which is what usually happens with things like this.

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Re: Is a mech a robot?

Or indeed the way the Daleks are Mech's and NOT Robots...

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Re: Is a mech a robot?

> Possibly splitting hairs here, but isn't Gypsy Danger a mech rather than a robot

On the other hand it did have an AI portrayed by Ellen McClaine in her GlaDOS voice.

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Well it's missing the "Analoge Haluzinelle"

It's the holographical woman here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVk18BJdHgM

(there are English subtitles to turn on)

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ABC Warriors

Not the lone unit featured in Stallone's Dredd, but the whole cadre from 2000AD.

Now there's a bunch of comic characters that need a film adaptation.

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Re: ABC Warriors

Joe Pineapples in full drag would be worth the ticket price alone...

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Isaac Hayes 3 laws of robotics:

#1: A robot may not injure a 'funky motherfukka' or through inaction allow a 'funky motherfukka' to come to harm.

#2: A robot must obey the orders given to it by a 'funky motherfukka' except where such orders would conflict with the funk.

#3: A robot must protect its own funk as long as such protection does not conflict with any other 'funky motherfukkas' funk.

With this kind of wisdom i don't think we have anything to fear in the future of AI development.

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Re: Isaac Hayes 3 laws of robotics:

Obligatory...

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