6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET Top 5: Sci-fi robot girlfriends

About Video Transcript

CNET Top 5: Sci-fi robot girlfriends

3:15 /

All alone on Valentine's day? Maybe your soul mate just hasn't been invented yet. Here are five girlfriend-worthy robots from science fiction to serve as a blueprint for the future of synthetic companionship.

Science Fiction has predicted most of the great advancements of our age: wireless communications, genetic engineering, personal computers. But there is one promise of science fiction that we have yet to achieve: the humanoid robot companion. You know, like a convincingly realistic robot friend to dull soul- crushing pain of your lonely existence. So in the spirit of ValentineÃ?s day and to pay homage to this stalled out dream of the future, IÃ?ve rounded up my picks for the top 5 Valentine-worthy robot girlfriends of sci-fi. Now, I wouldÃ?ve included some dude robots to balance things out, but it turns out that the man-bots of sci-fi movies are either murderous psychopaths or things that look like C-3PO. So this list is ladies only. BODY ----------------- Alright, starting off at #5: Cherry 2000 from the 1987 movie that bears her name. HereÃ?s a robot that is so convincing and so lovable that when she short circuits, her boyfriend is willing to gun his way into a dangerous post-apocalyptic wasteland just to find an identical replacement. Just be sure to keep her away from the hot tub. At #4: Andrea from the original series of Star Trek, episode 7. If youÃ?re going to spend your life stranded on a remote icy planet, there are worse companions to have than this. SheÃ?s a sweetheart. Easy on the eyes if youÃ?re into that Ã?60s bombshell look. Knows how to use a 3D replicator. A little clingy, though. But if blondes are more your thing, Number Six comes in at #3. Now there are plenty of entertaining humanoids to covet from Battlestar Galactica, but none more seductive than Number 6. I mean, youÃ?ll have to look past her whole quest to eradicate humanity. And if youÃ?re trying to be discreet about the fact that youÃ?re dating a robot - this is not the way to do it. So how about #2: Call from Alien Resurrection. Maybe itÃ?s just because IÃ?m a child of the Ã?80s, but nothing says Ã?girlfriend materialÃ? to me more than Winona Ryder. You can goth her up Beetlejuice-style for Halloween. And if the world is ever attacked by ravenous aliens, sheÃ?s totally got your back. Now before we get to my #1 sci-fi robot girlfriend, letÃ?s take a look at a few I had to cut from the list based on technicalities. Seven of Nine was disqualified because she was born human. The Terminatrix was too deadly. Cameron from the Sarah Connor Chronicles was too young not to be creepy in the long-term. Yori or Quorra from Tron are technically computer programs. And really the toughest one to let go was Lisa from Weird Science, but itÃ?s not clear sheÃ?s actually a robot. SheÃ?s more of a sexy genie that came out of a computer. Disappointing, I know. Alright, so with that out of the way, letÃ?s move on to my #1 pick for the ideal robot girlfriend from science fiction: Rachel from Blade Runner. I mean, at the end of the day, do you really want to spend your life with a robot who knows theyÃ?re a robot? Rachel is smart, attractive without being scandalous, and sheÃ?s outfitted with enough implanted memories to keep conversations interesting. SheÃ?s a keeper. So there you go, my carefully considered list of the most Valentine-worthy robots in sci-fi. IÃ?m sure I missed a few, though, so if you have one to nominate, or just want to tell me IÃ?m a sexist pig for coming up with this list at all, head over to Top5.cnet.com and leave a comment. IÃ?m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.

New releases

Imperial Star Destroyer joins growing fleet of 'Star Wars' drones, Ep. 197
4:35 March 26, 2015
This week on Crave, we navigate crowds while staring at our phones, catch space junk with fish nets, and ogle a new "Star Wars" taking...
Play video
Birdly uses VR, a fan and your flapping arms to simulate flight (Tomorrow Daily 151)
28:21 March 26, 2015
On today's show, Ashley and Khail check out bird-flight simulator Birdly (complete with hydraulic flapping arm mechanism), a father...
Play video
Expect the new Apple TV at WWDC 2015
5:28 March 26, 2015
Reports point to a a brand new Apple TV in June; we take a look at an Apple Drone concept; and the App of the Week is Memoji Keyboard....
Play video
A too-small oven stymies Electrolux's gas range
2:03 March 26, 2015
Electrolux's mid-price 30-inch Gas Freestanding Range with IQ Touch Controls has entry-level capabilities.
Play video
2015 Kia Sedona
5:39 March 26, 2015
Brian Cooley test-drives the Kia Sedona minivan and offers his take on how it stacks up against its rivals.
Play video
Xiaomi Yi Action Cam is way better than its price
1:25 March 26, 2015
The Yi's video quality and shooting options are well above other cameras in its class, but you'll need to bring your own accessori...
Play video
Facebook's new features and Twitter launches Periscope
2:58 March 26, 2015
Facebook lays out new features, Twitter launches a Meerkat hunter and Steven Spielberg gets the call to direct "Ready Player One."
Play video
What's coming and going on Netflix for April 2015
1:37 March 26, 2015
On April 1, Netflix is giving a lot of movies the axe, no joke. Not to worry -- here's what's replacing them.
Play video