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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(22); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.062222.

The Human-machine Relationship in American Science Fiction: A Case Study of Robopocalypse


Cai Jun

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Cai Jun

Guangzhou Institute of Science and Technology, Guangzhou, 510540, China


With the gradual realization of digital technology and artificial intelligence in the manufacture and use of machines, the degree of human dependence on machines has further increased. Nevertheless, how to deal with increasingly intelligent and humanized machines, and how to establish a new human-machine relationship with intelligent and humanized machines has gradually become an important issue. At the same time, a large number of science fiction also prompts people to reposition and rethink about the relationship between humans and tools, humans and machines. Robopocalypse, Daniel Wilson’s first novel, was published in 2011. Shortly after the novel was published, Dream Works SKG and 20th Century Fox announced that they would invest heavily in the film of the same name, which shows its artistic and commercial value. This paper mainly focuses on the human-machine relationship in American science fiction Robopocalypse from the points of the status, the conflicts and harmony in order to explore the practical significance and future enlightenment brought by American science fiction.


Human-machine Relationship; American Science Fiction; Robopocalypse

Cite This Paper

Cai Jun. The Human-machine Relationship in American Science Fiction: A Case Study of Robopocalypse. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 22: 127-131. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.062222.


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