Talk About it Tuesday / Robots of Brixton

One of the club's members found this oldie but goodie from 2011. It actually is a goodie because it was nominated for many awards at the time and even io9 the sci-fi news site talked about it. Basically robots serve as a stand-in for immigrants and their battle against repression in 20th century Britain. 

Brixton suffered several riots, most of which trace back to the actions of Margaret Thatcher and the Tories in the 80s. But the simmering resentments in the community of Brixton really started after the economic downturn in the 1970s. This is partially conveyed by the way shacks and other buildings are attached to the real-life buildings on the street, like parasites. These robot communities are run-down and rusty and so are the robots themselves.  

So, do Androids dream of nature? It seems like it here. But unless a robot has the sensors for it, it will never feel the grass touching its bare feet. A sentient robot may understand and like nature but it will never feel it the way an organic would- unless you give it the sensors to do so.  

Check it out if you got around 10 minutes to kill. And then read the wikipedia article on the Brixton riots.