Wall-E and Darwin

July 14, 2008

[E]ven though WALL·E is just a futuristic trash compactor (the robot equivalent of a hungry goat), he's still able to fall madly in love with Eve, a drone that looks like an iPod. Because his intelligent designers gave him the ability to express his emotions — he's got those adorable binocular eyes — they also unwittingly gave him the ability to experience his emotions. That very Darwinian idea is at the heart of WALL·E.

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