After Dr. Link is killed in his university lab, the prime suspect is his robot creation, Adam. The robot is taken into custody and tells Dr. Link's daughter Mina that he has no memory of what happened. She wants him released but a court hearing has been scheduled for the following Monday and the expected result is that Adam will be dismantled. Mina convinces now retired civil right attorney Thurman Cutler to defend him. Mina believes Adam to be a sentient being whose artificial intelligence allows him to make reasoned decisions. Cutler wants him tried for murder because if he can do so, Adam's humanity must first be recognized. Written by
Did You Know?
The action starts at Rossom Hall Robotics Laboratory. This is undoubtedly an homage to the play "R.U.R.", subtitled "Rossum's Universal Robots", by Czech writer Karel Capek, and credited with introducing the word "robot" to the English language. (From a Czech word meaning "worker".) See more
In his ruling at the end of the episode, the judge says that "the Constitution defines a person has a human being", and that the Constitution "empowers the courts to interpret and reinterpret its meaning..." In fact, the U.S. Constitution contains no definition whatsoever of "person" (though the word is used frequently), never uses the words "human" or "human being" at all, and contains no grant of an "interpretative power" to the courts in any of its provisions or amendments. See more
I'm about to push constitutional protection to the point of absurdity.
I was not aware that this hearing was intended to be a lesson in the absurd.
I can't expect you to see the beauty in this, but I'm gonna force that judge to put a talking mannequin, albeit a highly sophisticated one, on trial for murder.
Is that how you see me, Mr. Cutler, as a talking mannequin?
Your design and your construction are nothing short of genius, but even you must understand that you're basically a takeoff on the...