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Robots & Pop Culture

Long before robots became a pop culture staple, artists were creating artificial humans in literature, images and early films. The introduction of the robot - and its evolution from fiction to reality - continues that rich tradition and allows authors and artists new frameworks and freedoms for exploring fundamental questions about humanity. We consider the role of these figures - whether cyborg, android or operating system - in our culture and what they tell us about ourselves.

Film's Best Robots

In "Her," Theodore Twombly, played by Joaquin Phoenix, falls in love with "Samantha," the personality behind an advanced operating system.

This is among the best scenes between Hal and Dave in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film: '2001: A Space Odyssey.'

Film makers offered a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 2004 dystopian action film "I, Robot," starring Will Smith and Sonny the robot.

And who can forget C3PO, perhaps the most famous and beloved of movie robots? Watch some of his best moments below.

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