Robot Heaven

I was really hoping to post Part 2 to my deconstructing the WORM series (here’s Part 1 in case you missed it), but I’m getting a bit of a late start. Here’s something else to tide you over.

I absolutely love…


(This one is worth seeking out)

ROBOT STORIES is a great indie, sci-fi anthology about robot love. Four, loosely interconnected stories, pose interesting questions about technological morality. One in particular, CLAY, really gets the brain going. It’s about a near future where computer tech has advanced to the point that human beings can scan their grey matter into systems so that when they die, they can continue on via a digital, holograph generating box. The holograms act just like their deceased counterparts and resume life with their living loved ones. During the day, you can hang out with the hologram version of your loved one and  at night (or anytime you want, I suppose) you can plug in and spend time with each other in dreams (where you can hug, etc…).

The main guy in the story is a man in his late sixties nearing death thanks to a cancerous disease. He has been moved up on the waiting list to get his mind scanned. Emergency situations like fatal diseases give scanning patients top priority. His doctor bugs him to undergo the procedure. So does his grown son. Even the hologram of his recently passed wife nags him to get his brain scanned and uploaded before it’s too late. The man refuses. He wants to be real, not similiacrum. Drama ensues (no spoilers here).


(This guy want to keep it real. His hologram wife doesn’t.)

Pretty cool concept, huh? It gets my wheels spinning. The living can continue building relationships and memories with their deceased relatives and friends. The dead are dead, but they’re beings are reanimated by a computer program that can puppeteer personal memory into simulated personality. Or, do the dead some how live on? Does the scanning process some how give them a chance to live forever so long as they keep plugged in and powered on?

Regardless of how the dead might feel – if you’re dead, you’re dead, that’s that, and nothing matters because you are no longer. But if a re-animus machine can keep consciousness aware then cool, you actually continue on. Whichever makes more sense to you, the scanning is all about the living. How cool would it be to never lose someone? When you die you become light in a box as well, but you get to keep interacting with your loved ones, be they flesh and blood or computer generated. Pretty trippy stuff.


(Don’t be chicken, robots are our friends.)

The other three films, MY ROBOT BABY, MACHINE LOVE, and THE ROBOT FIXER (my favorite), are equally thought provoking. There’s not a bad egg in the bunch. Check it out when you can.

’til tomorrow, Loyal Reader.

Oh, here’s the trailer…

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