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I sure do have a lot of android feelings: a list of some robot media I like, for your consideration/possible addition to your awesome masterpost
(this was too long to send as an ask, so I hope you see it here!)

Dark Matter (live action TV) – in an ensemble cast, a spaceship’s service/security android develops a personality

Star Trek: The Next Generation (android) and Star Trek: Voyager (artificial intelligence as a hologram) (both live action TV) 

Person of Interest (live action TV) – massive artificial intelligence helps humans predict crimes; eventually explores supercomputer-as-body, human/machine interfaces, machine PoV and thought process, technology as senses & communication

Gunnm (Western release title: Battle Angel Alita) (Japanese manga) – reconstructed cyborg becomes a bounty hunter & explores worldbuilding; the focus is machine bodies, not machine consciousness

Jacob’s Ladder series by Elizabeth Bear (novels) – some residents of the titular generation ship are AI that can take corporeal form thanks to robots/nanites

Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente (novella) – artificial intelligence iterates its program and bodies within an internal simulated construct

Nier: Automata (Japanese video game for platform/PC) – androids at war against machines, engaging every possible discussion of machine bodies/definitions of consciousness/iterated and networked consciousness/robot feels

SOMA (Western video game for platform/PC) – human consciousness scans are uploaded into robots and a simulated reality

Wolf 359 (serial fiction podcast) – one member of a deep-space exploration team is the ship’s AI


Hiroshima Castle’s Taiko Yagura on a Misty Night por Rekishi no Tabi
Por Flickr:
I took this one back in Feb 13 when I decided to visit the castle fairly late at night after steady rain. Although it was a little spooky wandering the grounds of the castle at night and without much light, it was eerily beautiful. The mist added a surreal sense. Hiroshima-jō was completed in 1599 by Mōri Terumoto, whose clan was soon forced to evacuate the castle and the Hiroshima area as a result of fighting on the losing side during the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Lordship of the castle and area was transferred to Fukushima Masanori who held it until 1619 when he was transferred to a smaller domain as punishment for repairing the castle without permission of the shogunate. After that, the Asano clan ruled from Hiroshima Castle until 1869. This is not the original castle– unfortunately the main tower, its wings and other buildings were destroyed during the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945.