Ancient Aliens – The Artificial Human: A look at whether or not intelligent robots are a threat to humanity or the next step in human evolution; as man and machine begin to merge, humanity could be fulfilling a destiny prepared for by aliens thousands of years ago.
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This is an American television series that premiered on April 20, 2010, on the History channel. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment in a documentary style, the program presents hypotheses of ancient astronauts and proposes that historical texts, archaeology, and legends contain evidence of past human-extraterrestrial contact. The show has been widely criticized by historians, cosmologists, archaeologists and other scientific circles for presenting and promoting pseudoscience, pseudohistory and pseudoarcheology.
Ancient Aliens – The Artificial Human
The show opens with one of those robots dressed up with a fake human-like face, the one that the Saudis made a citizen. The robot, for my money, never overcomes the uncanny valley and has a creepy air about it, particularly with the back of its head open to show the moving parts. The show engages in some halfhearted questions about whether intelligent robots should be granted human rights. It’s basically a freshman dorm-room bullshit session, raised to the level of cable TV self-seriousness, but it’s nothing that Futurama didn’t do better and faster with a throwaway gag. It’s also basically the plot of half of the science fiction stories of the 1950s, and those tended to be both deeper and more thoughtful than this collection of pointless soundbites.
When the show occasionally remembers that it is about ancient astronauts, they repeat claims from the last episode that robots were the first alien visitors to the Earth. Their tour of ancient robots doesn’t quite follow the expected path. It starts at Abydos in Egypt and tells the story of Osiris’s death, dismemberment, and resurrection, which they turn into the basest material reading possible: They imagine he is a robot and that, like C3PO in Star Wars, he was a robot who was dismantled and rebuilt. So how did he father children? Who knows? But a chunk of this segment is nearly identical to one from their two-hour Egypt episode a few weeks ago, and even closer to “Aliens and Robots” where the same claims appeared.