Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"About:robots" Answers

Okay, time's up.  Here are the references in the page you get when you enter "about:robots" into the URL box in Firefox:

  • From the page title (in the top bar):
    Gort!  Klaatu barada nikto!
    From original movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. Spoken to the robot Gort by Patricia Neal's character, translated roughly as: "Gort! Don't destroy the Earth!" or possibly, "Stay your hand!"
  • Robots may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    Isaac Asimov's First Law of Robotics.  Somewhat observed by Roombas, not so much by unmanned aerial killer drones.
  • Robots have seen things you people wouldn't believe.
    From the movie Bladerunner.  Spoken by the homicidal Nexus 6 robot shortly before he dies. 
  • Robots are Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With.
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Robots have shiny metal posteriors which should not be bitten.
    Bender, from Futurama
  • And they have a plan.
    The Cylons in Battlestar Galactica, of course       
  • And finally, the button "Please do not press this button again"
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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