Humans come up with all sorts of things to make their lives easier. What could be better than something that does all the work for you? ‘Better Than Us’ is set in a world where robots assist humans in everything. It follows the story of a special robot who can feel emotions and through her eyes, analyses various aspects of humanity. Netflix’s first Russian original takes a deep dive into the meaning of relationships and questions if robots can actually be better than us. People who love series like ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Westworld’ are sure to enjoy this series and appreciate its themes and undercurrents. If you haven’t yet seen it, watch it on Netflix.
Summary of the Plot
CRONOS is a leading robot manufacturer and its CEO, Viktor, wants to introduce a new kind of robot to the world. Her name is Arisa and he has acquired her from the Chinese black-market. He wants to study her code and make more robots like her, but there are some things that he has no idea about. First off, he doesn’t know that she can kill people, which is in direct violation of the three robotic laws that govern the world. As soon as she is brought in, she kills someone and escapes. She finds Sonya, a young girl who takes a liking to her. Arisa assigns Sonya, her brother Egor, and their father Georgy as her family, and her programming makes them her top priority, which means she won’t hesitate to kill anyone if it means saving them.
Meanwhile, there is a group of young people, called the Liquidators, who are anti-bot. They believe that bots are taking over the lives of humans, and want their usage to be reduced, if not completely abolished. The death of CRONOS’s employee lands Georgy in a mess that puts a police officer on his tail. As the story moves forward, we discover that everything leads back to CRONOS.
Robots and Humans
‘Better Than Us’ is set in a future not far from now, where robots have become an integral part of human lifestyle. The world has evolved from the basic functions of assistants like Siri and Alexa. Due to their high productivity and low management cost, they are being used as a replacement for human labour. They have not yet fully attained sentience, but they can think, as much as their programming allows them. They remember things and people. They also seem to acquire certain behaviour in accordance with their masters. A user can customise their robot according to their needs, which makes them as sarcastic, as submissive, as jovial you want them to be. From working at cash counters to serving as the secretary of the CEO of the most powerful company, there is no place where bots can’t be utilized.