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Why, Robot? 80 years of Hollywood technophobia

Transformers: Age of Extinction arrives in theaters on Friday. Picking up four years after the events of the last film, Michael Bay's quasi-reboot of the franchise sees mankind turn on the transforming robots that were the world's saviors for the first three outings. It's something of a departure for the franchise, but for Hollywood — which has trafficked in thrillers about evil machines for the better part of a century — it's just a return to the norm.

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