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AMC's new show Humans will change the way you look at your Roomba

Really liking this new show, it explores a lot of the fears we have about the increased use of robots in our lives.  It is based on the award-winning Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans.

AMC humans producer previews new series - Business Insider

"Humans," AMC's upcoming new drama series, asks what would happen as we become more and more reliant on our devices.

The thriller takes place in a similar time to ours, except that robot technology is more advanced and its use is widespread.

"They share our homes, our jobs, and our lives and so become objects of our fear, love, and lust, and hatred," "Humans" executive producer Derek Wax told Business Insider.

"We just take them for granted," he continued. "I mean I just love the idea that they’re as normal to us as an iPhone or a tablet is today what would have seemed very odd 50 years ago. We’re all looking at our phones every five minutes now seems completely normal. The idea that in 50 years’ time this could be completely normal."

DLW Humans 27 01 15 9William Hurt, right, plays a man who has developed a fatherly relationship with his synth, Odi (Will Tudor), on AMC's "Humans."

The drama focuses on three groups: Two human families and a connected group of human-like robots or "synths" as the series calls them. One family struggles with owning their new synth. In another, a man (played by "Captain America: Civil War's" William Hurt) creates a fatherly relationship with his and can't allow it to be replaced by a newer, more effective model."I think what we want to do is keep the audience torn and divided in their response to robots," Wax said. "They’re performing an incredible function. They are performing many of the things that humans don’t want to do and therefore they’re providing an incredible service. But at the same time, they’re also making certain people obsolescent."

Humans_130115_Ch 0922Joe (Colin Morgan) is separated from his synths and is trying to reunite with them.

The third group is a tightly connected band of synths led by a man named Joe ("Merlin" star Colin Morgan) whose backstory unravels over the course of the season."What we’re really doing is asking a big question, what makes us human?" Wax explained. "Can conscious machines ever be thought of as human or at least worthy of human level status and rights? At what point if a machine is capable of thinking and feeling, is capable of love and being loved? The Synths in the forest, there’s a real bond between them. They’re like a family."

The series will certainly get viewers to think about our relationships to the things that make our lives easier, like a vacuuming Roomba, or like the "Battlebots" competition, which has robots ripping into each other for our entertainment.

"Already we are a gadget and machine dependent society," Wax pointed out. "iPhones, tablets, we call up the bank and we get an automated teller, we speak to a robot essentially. There’s drones that are flying planes and it’s robots that are operating on people in hospitals. Already people are talking about driverless trains, driverless cars, planes within a few years, people are saying there will not be any human pilot in a plane."

"Humans," a co-production with Channel 4, has already premiered in the UK earlier this month and it scored Channel 4's highest-rated show launch in at least 13 years.

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Some clips and the directors discuss the show.

"They're making certain people obsolescent." Way to feed off our fears, AMC.

Episode 1

Can't tell if this is more SciFi (like Battlestar Gallactica, where cylons are a main conflict) or more drama (like LOST where time travel is just a story telling device, not the main thing).

Looks pretty good in any case. 

I've watched the first 4 episodes, and the show is more of a mixture, but more lean toward being a drama like Lost.  I don't know if there is a good comparable show out there, maybe something I haven't seen?

The issue I hadn't thought of before was: William Hurt's widowed senior character is supplied with a Synth, that pesters him endlessly about his health, threatening to contact his Dr if he doesn't follow orders, basically taking his free will away.  This needs to be taken into consideration, and maybe the level of care can be scaled, ie if I'm diabetic and want to have a piece of cake, then let me, but if I want to drink a fifth of whiskey, maybe not?  If that's what I have asked it to be programmed for?

Maybe it's like Mr Robot, which is about exploring complex modern tech issues:

That's an interesting point about free will. 

I thought the same thing watching Big Hero 6 because Baymax is always saving the protagonist. 

Mr Robot is highly rated, I'm going to check it out ;)

Greg likes it. I haven't seen it yet. 

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