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Blinky the Robot – A Family’s Best Friend [Short Movie]

In the world of tomorrow every family can have the perfect robot helper for their household. For one family though things take a bad turn and Blinky is not so friendly anymore…

Warning: This video does not have a pleasant ending and is not appropriate for young viewers.

UPDATE: The video source and link have been updated to make the video viewable again.

Blinky [via Geeks are Sexy]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/24/11

Comments (17)

  1. SWJ345

    I am never buying a robot….

  2. AsianAngel

    @SWJ345 – That video definitely creeps me out. O_o

  3. Ivo

    OMG that was so disturbing!
    But I liked the short movie, really well done!
    The kid was a jerk though, but a great actor

  4. Bee Kay

    OMG I want one!

  5. MangaFalzy

    That’s what happens when you don’t make it “3 Laws Safe”… Wait, that didn’t work either… $*&%.

  6. indianacarnie

    Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics sure would have came in handy here! Disturbing but great movie!

  7. Kat

    I’m sorry but that family, especially the kid was nasty. They turned Blinky from a great robot into Psycho robot. Kinda like the ending, you knew that was coming.

  8. rino

    i don’t wanna watch that movie basing on the above comments.

    the three laws of robotics should’ve been in place in any kind of implementations of robot tech.

  9. Jiggidy

    WOW!!! YES!!! A schizophrenic robot with OCD tendencies!! Awesome!!! Poor Blinky! He just wante to do as he was told. Too bad he was not programmed to understand right from wrong! The kid had it coming!!!

  10. Gordon

    The three laws of robotics was pure fiction. This was reel life.

  11. zenpistolero

    I agree that the laws of robotics are fiction. Asimov was not a determined murderer. I suspect he was too rational to come up with scenarios that would beat his laws. Then again, he could also have just written the three laws so that people who had not taken full college classes in logic could understand it. I would love to test a “3-laws-safe” robot. Thinking as the sick individual I am, I would start with a command like, “That person will die unless you cut their head off.” I can see a game emerging of Robot Roulette, where two people lock themselves in a room with a robot and take turns issuing commands.

    I would trust a robot, as long as it had passed the test of its lead programmer being locked in a room with it while the inmates of a prison are offered a reduced sentence if they can injure him by issuing a command to the robot, and full pardon if they can kill him with it.

    Poor Blinky just couldn’t deal with conflicting commands, likely a problem with exception handling. He should have been set up for automatic updates anytime he was docked in the charger. Anyone who watched the Watson computer compete on Jeopardy knows that when interactive computers are right, they’re good, and when they’re wrong, they’re really wrong! My favorite Watson gaffe was the airport question.

  12. Bobby

    Android 6.0?

  13. Blinky

    No Windows Vista! … No problem.

  14. SOME guy

    whats the password?

  15. Me


  16. The Doctor

    How do I get a password to be able to view this?

  17. AsianAngel

    @SOME guy, Me, & The Doctor – A new video source has been added to the post to make it viewable again.

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