Is There a Future for Mechanical Beings?

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Is There a Future for Mechanical Beings?

By | September 2007
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Is There a Future for Mechanical Beings?
In today's fast-paced society we ask ourselves a series of questions: Did I let the dog out? What's for dinner tonight? How am I going to find the time to finish my English essay? I believe these questions can be answered by the developmental studies of machines known as robotics. The machines themselves are called robots. Robots are mechanical beings capable of operating as humans. Throughout my life I have been fascinated by Artificial Life (A.L.). There is a myriad of entertainment focal points consisting of robots such as television shows, movies, novels, comic books and toys. I take immense gratification in these types of entertainment activities and I believe only positive outcomes will surface from these technological advances known as robots. There are several people that believe this technology is unethical, frightening, and unnatural. With my diverse interests and knowledge on robots, I will attempt to ease the minds of these skeptics.

Some of the more common perspectives on A.L. are from movies such as Star Wars, Blade Runner, I, Robot, and The Matrix. Star Wars is one of my favorite movie series. It is a science fantasy saga and fictional galaxy created by George Lucas in 1977. Star Wars has a plethora of robots, but they are referenced as droids in this particular saga. My favorite characters are the droids named C-3PO and R2-D2.

C-3PO is a prissy, gold-plated protocol droid. This machine is designed to serve as a translator and an etiquette specialist. During the saga, C-3PO is the only character in the films that can understand the intricate language of his companion R2-D2. R2-D2 is an automated mechanical droid and the sidekick of C-3PO. Together these two droids experience an assortment of adventures, but their principal function is to serve humans' needs for the better.

One of my favorite scenes of the movie is when C-3PO and R2-D2 struggle to save the lives of Luke Skywalker,...
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