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Flesh/ Metal

In a continuum of human to machine, we could posit the following:

Human ----------------- Cyborg ----------------- Android ----------------- Robot
(pure flesh)__________ (human with____________(robot in_______________(pure metal)
_______________________machine ________________human form)
_______________________components)

The Robot

Robots constitute a category of both utopian and dystopian fantastical dreaming. The robot is the paradigmatic sci-fi Other. It (often, but not always a 'he') is either for or against us, but it is not us. 'He' is inscrutable - a slave or a murderer. He is a stand-in for all that we do that we do not know. We do not fully understand why we do certain things, and robots are the embodiment of these uncertainties.