Robot Berserk By John Grey

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Post August 14, 2004, 08:28:55 AM

Robot Berserk By John Grey

When I first started reading this poem, I immediately thought of I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov, but by the 3rd sentence, you can tell this is not a robot that follows Asimov's laws. <br><br>I like the imaginitive ways the robot used to kill its owners. A serious poem, with a little humour thrown in makes this poem an enjoyable read. <br><br>My only nitpick, Acme has to be one of the most overused companies in history, and everytime I see it in a poem or story, I think Wile E. Coyote.<br><br>
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Post August 16, 2004, 03:15:58 PM

Re: Robot Berserk By John Grey

The I, Robot movie may have contributed to Mr. Grey's choice of subject matter (or more likely, the knowledge that the movie was coming out), but the situation overall is more reminiscent of the Tom Selleck movie, Runaway. On the other hand, the robots of Runaway were not all that different from the ones we have now -- i.e., pretty much brain-dead. They were malfunctioning, not psychotic (if there's a difference). The Acme 'bot in the poem is more like a Jimmy Cagney-bot ... Little CZR?<br><br>
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