9 Fictional Robots More Human Than Their Creators

Donna Haraway, a cultural theorist who has written several books on cyborg theory, has a bold definition for the the contemporary Westernized human being: We, too, are cyborgs (or “cybernetic humans,” if we’re getting technical). It sounds extreme, but it’s just a simple distinction: Haraway argues in her new book The Digital Cyborg Assemblage and the New Digital Health Technologies that the combination of a living creature and non-living creature of thought is a cyborg. Those non-living creatures capable of thought are advanced robots, theoretically using artificial intelligence designed by a human programmer. Robots have been popular characters in science fiction media for decades, but they usually tend to be portrayed as either dangerously logical and old, or, more recently, as more human and empathetic than their creators. As such,…

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