The interesting thing about Glados/HAL 9000 parallels is that
Hal was conceived at a time when artificial intelligence was more of a fictional construct than a practical possibility. Hal is introduced as humanlike because the audience is familiar with and comfortable with humans, but they aren’t familiar with or comfortable with living computers. It’s when he starts acting robotic and calculated that the audience realizes “oh no, he’s a computer” and he becomes threatening.
By the time Glados was conceived, we had become used to computer automated systems. Synthetic voices offering us information is something we encounter in daily life. Glados is introduced as a computerized preprogrammed voice because that’s what the audience is familiar and comfortable with. It’s when she starts acting human and emotional that the audience realizes “oh no, she’s alive” and she becomes threatening.
The Three Laws of Robotics by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov (introduced in his 1942 novel “Runaround”).
txen just wanted to see jude law play a filthy sexbot
what she got was that plus four hundred hours of ugly crying
on a more serious note: i know there are apparently people who think A.I. is stupid, and there are some parts that are kinda weird, but it does a really excellent job of exploring the sticky, painful intricacies of creating artificial people and teaching humans to love them. I’m really picky with my artificial intelligence sci-fi, and A.I. does a really good job of exploring the theme of learning, emoting androids without resorting to “look at this robot it TOTALLY HAS REAL FEELINGS!!!! once you make something advanced enough it BECOMES JUST LIKE A REAL HUMAN!!” and I like it a whole lot.
(seriously though, I forgot that it makes me turn into a gigantic puddle of snot and tears)