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Artificial intelligence parodies humanity

by Critical Commons Manager

In this forgettable comedy starring Andy Kaufman at the height of his television career, and Bernadette Peters, two robots fall in love and begin to act more human than human. Kaufman's robot character was revived from the unsold TV series Stick Around (1977) and was similar to other characters popularized by Kaufman on the TV series Taxi and Saturday Night Live. The trope of robots and androids revealing humanity to itself is all too common in artificial intelligence films, often resorting to cliches about overly literal discussions of love, death, god and the meaning of life. The robots played by Peters and Kaufman also form a nuclear family that includes a small robot "child" and a form of non-invasive stimulation of their "pleasure centers" signified by a glowing spinal column, an effect that would reappear much later in the remake of Battlestar Galactica.

Robots discuss theology in Heartbeeps

Two domestic robots exceed the artificial intelligence of their original programming, leading them to fall in love and discuss the meaning of life

from Heartbeeps (1981)
Creator: Allan Arkush
Distributor: Universal Pictures
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