“Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
Decided to re-watch A.I. tonight (actually in the process of watching it now) and noticed one thing about almost all movies have something to do with robots or artificial intelligence. In the end it’s always humans that have a severe hatred for their creations. In AI they use them as target practice and entertainment as they’re brutally torn apart. Some of them try to reason with the humans for their lives and request simple repairs so they could continue their service to their human masters. It’s really saddening to see what most likely would happen if or shall I say when we develop such technology. Who’s to say at what point that AI would gain a soul? You can call them machines, but what really makes them different from us in these movies? We have bone, they have metal.. we have a brain, they have a brain.. I wouldn’t see where they would be really all that different.
What gives us a soul? Is it the knowledge that we’re self aware. Would computers ever get to that point? I really enjoyed the movie animatrix which was a collection of movies and short stories… Some of which were trying to explain what happened to start the war between man and machine. Some of them explained how machines were banished to a part of the world, but once the humans realized the robots were doing better than the humans the hatred grew. Robots even tried to reach out to the humans and offer peace, only to have their cybernetic hand slapped away. I guess my main question would be why would there be such hatred for things man created? Is it built into ourselves to devalue anything that isn’t human?
I guess my main hope would be that we wouldn’t travel down the path that so many Hollywood movies see we will. I hope that in the future we value all life.. even artificial life.