Best android or robot in a movie

What in your opinion is the best depiction you have ever seen in a film of an artificial human, whether it’s mechanical or biomechanical or whatever? By best I’m not talking about the strongest or the scariest or the strangest, I simply mean the most effective.

My own choice would be Roy Batty, the replicant from the original Blade Runner. I think the fact of their limited life-span and their knowledge of that combines to make these androids the most moving and effective I have ever seen on the screen. Rutger Hauer’s delivery of Batty’s last words still makes me choke up whenever I hear it again. “… like tears in the rain.”

Can I ask a question? Except for sexbots, why in the world would anyone in the future make their robots or androids completely indistinguishable from real humans? That’s just asking for (and getting) trouble.

I thought Alicia Vikander was fantastic as Ava in Ex Machina; a very effective performance.

K2-SO was the only character I felt sad for when they “died” in Rogue One.

Robbie the Robot

Yeah, the idea is so utterly stupid it detracts from the film. Shit, even if you want the robots to pass any casual inspection, put a tag in their junk DNA, or seed some radioactive isotope in their bones.

Ontopic: I actually think the robot in the Lost in Space film is pretty compelling.

I think Wall-E is up there, especially by being a character that neither looks or acts like a human but still shows humanity.

Do you want an android uprising? Because that’s how you get an android uprising. :slight_smile:

My vote is for Star Trek’s Data. By the end of the series of movies, he had very few limitations, and was better than humans in a whole bunch of ways.

If you’ve never seen Houdini’s silent film serial The Master Mystery (1919), you’ve missed the first movie robot and a wonderfully bizarre oddity.

Spies or infiltration would be one obvious answer (see Terminator). Perhaps for medical purposes where people respond better to a “human” nurse than a robot (same for maids, childcare, etc). Heck, even if you aren’t going to boink it, there’s something to be said for robotic salespeople, restaurant staff, receptionists, etc who look like attractive humans.

I’d like to mention Interstellar’s TARS.

I agree, but I would add a very important reason: for ethical reasons, that I agree with, humans can not be used for medical research when harm is or becomes a result of the testing.

I do think that basic biological components will be integrated in more than a few android subjects that will have the capacity to “die” biologically with all the human symptoms and even pain used as a layer of communication with researchers. But once their biological parts are dead they will just getup to get their bio kit again from the research corporation. I would not be surprised to find that those biological walking models will even propose new research paths and even more gruesome experiments to make the human owners/friends happier.

Just think of all the plot points the use of that technology in other fields can get you. Like police work, finally a good reason for that Hollywood movie cliché of a cop testing a suspected drug powder in a crime scene by tasting it -what if it is poison you dope?- an android with biological components will tell the other cops what it is with the tasting act in what actuality will be a real crime test lab. All other capabilities one can think an android can have would also be there too, recordings, microscopic pictures, almost perfect gathering of evidence, etc. will be available.

I’m not afraid of sharing some ideas I have because I use posts like this one as evidence if I do get to start a scifi series I have in mind. (started one Nanowrimo but failed when very early I hit a big plot point that needs more research)

Bender. As a robot he has no emotions and sometimes that makes him very sad.

R2D2, the central character of the Star Wars films.

Now that’s a robot with good birthing hips.

I couldn’t agree more. In the final Deckard vs Batty showdown, we already know that Replicants are “more human than humans”, but by sparing Deckard’s life Batty shows that they (rep’s) are in fact capable of being more humane than humans. IMO, regardless of Roy’s actual screen time, that scene establishes him as the film’s real protagonist and hero.

I was going to mention Data, too. In the movies he had his emotion chip. Even though some people thought it was sappy, I liked the ending of Generations when he found his pet cat.

Data: Counselor, I believe my emotion chip is malfunctioning. I am happy to see Spot, yet I am crying.

Troi: No, Data. It’s working perfectly.

I actually found The Iron Giant to be quite compelling and affecting.

Why do you need an android who can pass for human to do any of that? Specialized gizmos can handle all of those things at far less cost. A humanoid android is like buying a blender/toaster/motorized wheelchair.

Nowhere I do say that other types of androids will not be norm.

What I think (and it is mostly for fictional purposes here, although of course I do think a lot of this will take place) is that a lot of development will happen on the medical field and with costs reductions and seeing how industries diversify I think a lot of designs will be re-purposed for other industries (here I remember how when I worked at testing of electric components the industries we tested for were for the medical and the aerospace and military industries.)

I see DARPA launching competitions to get androids that in an emergency can use diverse tools and work with doors, switches, etc that humans normally use. There is IMHO the need for robots that are similar to humans.

Some will remain like Star Wars’ C3PO, but I do think that the combination of simulating human medical conditions and to aid humans in emergency situations a more human like robot is a good option.

Yes, not for all situations, but for some very risky environments and situations I do think a humanoid android will be one type that we will see in the future.

Number Five is alive!

He’s got a plausible origin (designed by the Department of Defense to replace human soldiers) and a plausible design (arms, hands, and sensors on top of a tank-tread chassis). There’s a reason given for him not behaving as programmed (the lightning strike, followed by his own reprogramming of himself). And once he finds himself with free will, he makes good choices.

I agree that fiction will continue to be flooded with humanoid robots/androids/cyborgs. The symbolism is too good to give up for realism.

In the real world, general purpose artificial humans aren’t efficient. I can come up with a few special purpose applications, which means that any group of people could come up with many more. They will exist. Just not for any of the reasons that fiction uses them.