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Spielberg may have soaked A.I. with enough sap to make you want to puke in your popcorn, but the four digital shorts that make up Greg Pak’s Robot Stories show that the relationship between humanity and technology isn’t always so warm and fuzzy. Machine Love stars Pak as a Sprout G9 iPerson—the latest in artificial-office-worker technology—that finds itself longing for companionship after failing to connect with its dysfunctional human co-workers. My Robot Baby follows a young couple who must care for a Tamagotchi-like virtual newborn before they can adopt a live one. More somber in tone are Clay, in which an aging sculptor contemplates choosing a natural death over an eternal existence as a conscious computer program, and The Robot Fixer, which documents a mother’s desperate quest to reach her comatose son by restoring his 20-year-old toy-robot collection. If only Hollywood could invent an artificial filmmaker to direct with this sort of intelligence. The film screens in conjunction with the D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival at 3 p.m. at the National Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Matthew Borlik)