Batman Tried To Warn Us About Evil Robots 23 Years Ago

Kids these days just don’t “get” the idea of an apocalyptic technological singularity the way they used to. In 1992, an episode of “Batman: The Animated Series” aired a warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence. The plot concerns a confused robotic version of Batman who is obsessed with returning to his “real,” human body. The ‘bot is basically under the impression that it’s the human Dark Knight. When it finally realizes it’s not, it decides to replace all of humanity with cybernetic “duplicants,” machine versions of people. Classic evil robot, am I right? The episode, deliciously titled “His Silicon Soul,” is about as awesome as it sounds, and not just because the real Batman helplessly smacks robo-Bats with a sword near the climax: Okay — it’s fun but a bit unoriginal.…


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