Robots and Hollywood: Fact Vs. Fiction

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C-3PO in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
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Rosie from the Jetsons, R2-D2 from Star Wars, the Terminator—here in America, our understanding of robots has been built around what we see on the big screen.

From the idea of life-size, human-like creatures that run our errands and serve as our friends, to those that cause mass-scale destruction or turn on humanity altogether, Hollywood has shaped our understanding of robotics.

But as scientists and technology companies begin developing robots and incorporating robotics technologies into our every day lives, will our Hollywood understanding ring true in reality?

Erik Sofge contributes to Popular Science and writes about science fiction for Slate. He explains how Hollywood has driven our perception of robots, and how far off it is from reality.