Labor Day Robots Week

September 3, 2018

 

In honor of the Labor Day holiday in the US, Robotics Through Science Fiction celebrates hard working robots everywhere, from manufacturing robots to police drones to those sexbots working on their back. This week we will review Runaway, a so-bad-you-have-to-watch movie despite being written and directed by Michael Crichton and starring Tom Selleck, Kristie Alley, and Gene Simmons (yes, the KISS Gene Simmons). Later we will review Philip K. Dick’s 1955 Autofac, both the original short story and the Amazon Electric Dreams version, about automated factories of the future. In the meantime look for tweets throughout the week about blue collar robots, starting back in 1868. Check out this New York Times article that explains the origins of Labor Day and how workers rebelled against working 12 hour days, 7 days a week with a parade. Hmmm, would there ever be a national holiday for robots working 24/7? Could be better than having a robot uprising...

 

 

 

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