As robots go, GM’s was relatively harmless

Robot So, General Motors finally agreed to change its “suicidal robot” ad so that the morose bucket of bolts doesn’t dive off a bridge. Probably a good PR move, though frankly, this particular automaton was more palatable than some of its brethren. Consider the general disposition of mass media’s other famous mechanical men:
   Robby the Robot, from Forbidden Planet: Killed humans.
   Robot from Lost in Space: Initially preferred to kill humans. Softened stance after prolonged exposure to Judy and Penny Robinson.
   HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey: Sang off-key; killed humans.
   Gunslinger from Westworld: Fancied spurs, chaps; killed humans.
   R2-D2, C-3PO from Star Wars: Secretly wished they could kill humans.
   Ash from Alien: Protected alien creature that killed humans.
   The Terminator: Killed humans; twice elected governor of California.
   K9 from Dr. Who: Killed bad humans; upstaged others with snotty diction.
   Data from Star Trek: His “evil twin” killed humans.
   Bender from Futurama: Professed desire to kill humans; ultimately just annoyed them with overbearing fratbot attitude.

—Posted by David Gianatasio

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