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Robotiks: Isaac Asimov’s (Clank! Clank!) Artificial Man

USA, 1976 (MIFF 1996, Robotica)

Isaac Asimov science-fiction writer and originator of Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics discusses present (as of 1976) and future poss­ibilities of robots and robotics. The fascinating feature of this documentary is its revelation of how far the science of robotics has progressed since the 1970s Advances in computers, and especially the advent of the personal computer, lend a slightly naive feel to the programme. This is accentuated by Asimov's 'hip' meditations upon the implications that robots will have for 'Women's Lib', although this is counterbalanced by some serious reflection upon the ethical and social dilemmas that a robotic future might pose.

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