Large Image Display:Animatrix: The Second Renaissance: Robotic 'Clones'

This single still is from the widescreen version of ?The Second Renaissance?, one of the Animatrix animated shorts. It has been considerably scaled back from the original material. This scene shows a wide shot of the variety of menial jobs usurped by robots, in a very believable fashion.

As robotic systems become more sophisticated, they ? as is beginning to happen now ? are able to assume a slowly increasing number of jobs once held by humans. This freeing up of humans for other tasks is all well and good, except that for some individuals it is very hard for them to do something else, and this creates significant resentment.

As the ranks of jobs occupied by robots increases to include all manual labour, as is ultimately likely, it will become common place to see in effect, armies or robots on the streets, going about their daily jobs. If as is also likely, most of these are basic models (relatively speaking), the robots may well look identical to one another, only differing in instruction software and additional gear they may carry. This would exaggerate the ?invading army? feeling, and further unnerve the social situation.

Link: The Second Renaissance: Part 1

Link: The Second Renaissance: Part 2