The good, the bad and the cyborgs: Westworld’s robot forbears

As Westworld’s rogue robots begin to revolt, we take a look at some of their artificial forebears who gave new meaning to the phrase ‘technical glitch’ Westworld: ‘Is this your idea of IT support?’ Photograph: John P Johnson/HBO Kurosawa-inspired bickering buddies C-3PO and R2-D2 have been bleep-blooping benevolently across our screens for nearly four decades, and the ranks of kindly machine heroes have been boosted in more recent times by Brad Bird’s Iron Giant, Pixar’s Wall-E and Baymax from Disney’s Big Hero Six. But for every good-hearted automaton, there’s a malicious artificial intelligence just biding its time to usher in the inevitable age of the machine. The gun-wielding metaphors for corporate inhumanity Poor, unfortunate Mr Kinney. One moment a high-flying corporate executive at Detroit’s top mega-corporation Omni Consumer…


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