Do Movie Androids Want to Love Us or Kill Us? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #144


Your Pretty Much Pop hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Lawrence Ware, Sarahlyn Bruck, and Al Baker talk through various ethical and narrative problems having to do with the creation of artificial life.

We all watched M3GAN and Steve Spielberg’s A.I., and also touch on After YangEx MachinaBicentennial Man, the BBC show Humans, and of course this is an element in classic sci-fi properties like AlienBlade RunnerStar Trek, etc.

We also go on a tangent about A.I. writing academic papers.

We mention the short stories E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” and Roger Zelazny’s “For a Breath I Tarry.”

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