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Real Humans

Real Humans

SVT1 2012

Set in a parallel universe, Real Humans imagines a world where robots have become so human that they're barely distinguishable from real humans and follows the resulting emotional effects on two families as well as the trials of a group of robots who have attained free will and want their freedom from human ownership.

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    It's unfortunate this wasn't a worldwide release, and that English speaking audiences are limited to the homogenized remake -- this is by far the better of the two. I found both seasons on Vimeo, with English subtitles -- here's the subtitled trailer: https://vimeo.com/35140857


    Real Humans asks the philosophical question, "Would you still hook up with a totally hot woman (or man, your choice) if it turned out to be a robot?" The answer given is a realistic, "Hell yeah!" Real Humans is a slightly better show than the subsequent Humans (UK) show. Real Humans is titillating, as it should be, because of course humans will be sexually attracted to realistically humanoid robots. These humanoid robots are called "hubots". It's interesting to explore the ethical dilemmas here, and Real Humans does a better job of it. Hubot Heaven, the red light robot brothel, is gloriously decadent, tempting, and seedy in Real Humans, but sadly claustrophobic in Humans (UK). However, Humans (UK) is better written in some areas. Humans (UK) did a better job fleshing out the character of "the old guy" (George in Humans or Lennert in Real Humans). In Humans (UK), this character was more relevant to the plot, and his use of Odi as a crutch for his failing memory was touching. Still, the viewer cannot help but to love Odi in Real Humans, because he suffers through so much hardship while remaining hopelessly naive. So, in Humans (UK) we understand why the old guy loves Odi, but in Real Humans *we* love Odi. The character development of the hubots in Real Humans is impressive. The actor who plays Rick did a wonderful job of going through multiple character transformations due to software changes to the hubot. By using a science fiction setting, Real Humans gives us a perspective on ourselves, much like Star Trek. For example, some of the characters in Real Humans find themselves attracted only to robots, and their society even has a label for this sexual orientation. And some human characters identify as robots(!) This reflects the confusing liberalization of sexual orientations and identities now, like with pansexuality and transsexuality. My specialty is artificial intelligence, and I think Real Humans is fairly realistic, for what it is. Of course, the viewer must have some suspension of disbelief for the sheer difficulty of pulling off a true AI that can pass as human in the flesh, even after sex. The show deals with the threat of "the singularity", i.e., the point at which our technology may be the end of humanity. Real Humans is food for thought.


    One of the best shows I watched, last couple of years. I really miss this. Hope season three will come one day.


    No fancy fighting, no fancy lights, no explosions, no expensive effects... it's a simple but brilliant and gorgeous show. I recommend it to everyone.


    Great production values overall, but the acting is somehow physically uncomfortable to watch.


    Love this show. Jattebra!


    Great show worth watching, even though it's second season does not come close to the quality of the first one.


    One spectacular Tv show. I watched in its language too -with subtitles, obviously, and it was a marvelous experience. I've tried to watch the english/american version and it was totally different. Less quality at every level than this one.

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