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The swedish SF series “Real Humans”: second season

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The swedish SVT1 channel had ordered a second season for the “Real Humans” (Äkta människor)  SF series. The second season will be distributed starting with the 2013’s autumn. “Real Humans”, created and written by Lars Lundström (directed by Harald Hamrell and Levan Akin; executive producers are Stefan Baron, head of drama at SVT, and Henrik Widman, managing director of Matador Films) was broadcasted in more than 50 countries around the world.

“Real Humans” (Akta människor) occurs in Sweden where humanoid robots have become commonplace and evolve with us. Called the hubots – human robots -, they have adapted to all the needs of human beings. If certain segments of society depend entirely on them, other human beings reject them. Some androids dream of freedom, others are perfectly domesticated. On the other hand, the hubots have developed true identities, experiencing feelings but also a desire for independence. Some men develop emotional relationships with them, others want to eliminate them…

The Human Robot (HUBOT) have also given rise to new problems and dilemmas. Thorny legal questions have increasingly started to occupy people’s minds and are still waiting to be answered: Who is responsible for the actions of a hubot? Do hubots have some form of “hubot rights”? Should they be paid for their work? As an ever growing number of people form relationships with hubots, the boundaries between human and machine become blurred. When humans make copies of themselves, which are so close to the real thing they form emotional bonds, the questions arises – What does it really mean to be ‘human’ ? “

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