“Of all the futuristic technologies that seem closer to becoming mainstream each day, robotics is the one that is likely to elicit both the strongest and widest range of reactions,” Bob O’Donnell writes for Tech.pinions.

“It’s not terribly surprising if you really think about it. After all, robots in various forms offer the potential for both the most glorious beneficence and the most insidious evil,” O’Donnell writes. “From performing superhuman feats to the complete destruction of the human race, it’s hard to imagine a technology that could have a more wide-ranging impact.”

“Whenever most people think about robots in any form, I’m guessing visions of dystopian robot futures silently lurk in the back of their minds–whether people want to admit it or not,” O’Donnell writes. “We can’t help it, really. We have all been exposed to so many types of robotic visions in our various forms of entertainment for so long that it’s hard to imagine not being at least somewhat affected.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our six all-time favorites (in order of appearance):

• The Class M-3, Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Robot
• R2-D2
• Number 5 (Johnny 5)
• ED-209
• Fembots
• The Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class

The robots will come eventually. There are too many benefits. They don’t get tired. They don’t make mistakes. — MacDailyNews, December 5, 2014