Robots Are Destroying Our Minds In discussions of artificial intelligence, one controversial issue has been whether or not robots are safe or dangerous. On one hand, Isaac Asimov’s short stories from I, Robot, can give an impression that robots are innocent by mentioning the Three Laws of Robots. On the other hand, the Frankenstein Complex dominates Asimov 's short stories and shows that robots can still be threatening. In Isaac Asimov’s short stories, “Robbie” and “Catch that Rabbit”, whenever a robot seemed to be a threat to humans, Asimov defends the robots by mentioning that it can not harm a person under any circumstance due to the Three Laws. However, if one takes a deeper look into the two stories and gets insight about the internal state of robots in John Searle’s essay, “Mind, Brains, and Computers”, one can come to the realization that robots are ultimately harmful.
Subsequently many of androids that were supposed to go to Mars actually become rogue and stayed on Earth. Rick Deckard the main character of the novel is a bounty hunter that solely tries to retire rouge androids. The novel tries to make it seem like Rick Deckard is not actually killing the androids by using the word retiring but it is actually the same thing. In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick uses Rick Deckard as a catalyst to show how empathy, human emotion, and how morality and human relationships affect what it means to be a human. Rick Deckard becomes unhappy with a his wife and often has a very nihilistic attitude.
Rick Deckard´s job is to retire six Nexus-6 androids, which is the most advanced type who is very alike us human, in only 24 hours. Rick Deckard is at the beginning of the novel very selfish and only thinks about himself most of the time, he is self-involved you can say. He has an electric sheep and he sees it as a demoralizing chore to take care of the sheep. His wife´s depression does not affect him, he sees her as someone who is supporting and taking care of him instead of seeing Iran as his wife. For example in the book one conversation is showing the relationship between the two: ” `Dial 888´,Rick said as the set warmed.
Some other creations are not human-like but are designed to be familiar as animals, for example – just like the robotic cat created as a pet companion, or maybe an endearing dinosaur robot designed to assess people 's feeling of empathy toward machines (seeker.com, 2013). To some extent, scientists are in control in how far they take their creation. However, questions such as Will AI existence destroy humanity?
Perhaps even more infuriating was the lack of closure for the character, Isidore. They build up Isidore as a 'special' that willingly harbors androids. However, his character infuriatingly vanishes after Rick deals with the androids Isidore is looking after. Leaving a heart-wrenching open end to Isidore's innocent character. Making the plot feel as if the book is missing
This showed that people are somewhere kind of afraid of the robots. While Robbie was treating the Gloria well by being there for her, playing with her and taking care of her, Gloria’s mother still had this fear that Robbie was a bad influence on her daughter, because she did not have any friends and was too attached to her robot baby-sitter. In the same case, the robot in the beginning of the movie was only trying to provide his owner her medicine. It was only later that the people around them realized that they are good robots and that they are merely trying to help them. Here is seen that the First Law of Robotics by Asimov is followed completely by the robots.
For example, the novel called The Host written by Stephenie Meyer takes place in a seemingly perfect world, not inhabited by humans but instead aliens called “Souls” who have taken over the bodies of almost every human on the planet. These souls are far less brutal than humans and have restored the planet. They are almost like the sheep being kept in good shape for slaughter as the quote states. The wolf in this story is the few remaining humans whose bodies aren 't being controlled by a soul. The survivors reveal the flaw of the utopian society, that “the Souls ' need to inhabit hosts - recently dead, physically perfect humans - to survive.
Kurt Vonnegut uses characterization to describe how the characters act in this society. Vonnegut also uses style to show how he uses science fiction and dystopia in “Harrison Bergeron”. The theme demonstrated in “Harrison Bergeron” is equality is not meant to make one person better than another. Kurt Vonnegut in “Harrison Bergeron”, demonstrates that equality based on characteristics is not a good thing for society. Harrison Bergeron is a short story based on the year 2081, where everybody is equal.
In the end, there are no Martians, very few lonely Earthlings, and dead cities. Mars, intended to be a world filled with travelers from Earth results in a desolate, empty, and lifeless planet due to the invasion of Earthlings. Another result from the invasion of Mars by Earthlings is the sad reality of making an entire planet filled with sorrow, despair, loneliness, uncertainty, and confusion. There are several instances where Earthlings are hypnotized by Martians, and eventually killed by them, too. These parts of the story usually lead to sadness and depression in character(s).