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There is a robot corollary to Chekhov’s adage about guns: If a humanlike machine is introduced alongside promises that it is really not human, it soon will be. So it is in HBO’s new drama, Westworld, loosely based on the 1973 film of the same name, created by Michael Crichton, in which robots at a Western-themed amusement park, and specifically a Yul Brynner robot, gain sentience and start killing visitors.
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