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