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Me & Androids & Äkta människor (Real Humans)

Androids have never been my big thing.  There have always been other scifi tropes I loved more, and it's often hard for me to get beyond all the writing that seems to assume programming works by morphological determinism -- if it's in a body that looks like a human, it will inevitably start to act like a human (which, if you are a discworld android, fine, but otherwise... no, computers aren't magic).

But I like them well enough.  I liked Data.  And I do understand that the morphological determinism thing is because almost no android stories are about androids.  Android stories are mostly about how humans treat other humans.   That's what Äkta människor is about (so far, I'm only through 3 episodes).

It's about those who labor being dehumanized, about the rage when an outsider takes away  jobs/relationships/status from those used to being uniquely privileged, about well-meaning paternalism, about women being things for men to use, and some women being classed as such even to men who respect women in other categories, about fetishization of the exotic, about how people can have a hard time determining even for themselves what it would mean to be free of a history of domination, and about the fear that the only alternative to the violent domination of others is violent domination by them.

And the uncanny valley.  Lots of the uncanny valley.

I'm loving it, I really am.  But, okay, two things.

First, the whole thing works so well as an allegory, but I keep looking at the surface and going, "Okay, You're making an emotional appeal on behalf of the hubots here entirely based on the fact that it's uncomfortable to see human-shaped things treated badly.  That works perfectly for the subtext, but what about in the text?  It can be creepy to watch store mannequins get dismembered and destroyed too.  We need to see where hubots in the text fall between humans, mannequins, and laptop computers, or establish that they exist on an entirely different set of axes that makes their visual resemblance to humanity irrelevant."  (I'm sure the rest of the series will get around to this.)

Second, creepy wet innards are a good move towards indicating that these are not just an extension of today's programming.  A scene that looks like someone reprogramming one with a laptop undermines that.  A lot.  So does every reference to current computer terminology wrt the hubots.  Please don't make me think about how this would really work, because my first response is, it wouldn't.