The movie “I, Robot,” set in the year 2035, effectively causes its audience to reconsider its answers to the questions: could precautions humans take to protect themselves from advanced technology be distorted and backfire; and also what defines humanity. The movie provides a plausible view of the future with robots, a reasonable portrayal of the potential flaws of having robots in the future, along with the possibility of robots having human personalities.
The movie presents a robot, Sonny, with many traits that directly relate to a human personality. Sonny is unlike other robots, because it is capable of making decisions for itself and has moral views. Other robots were coded with the “Three laws of Robotics.” These laws are coded into every robot to ensure the safety of all humans. Sonny is an exception because he was created without these laws, and instead was given advanced programming which made him in many ways more human-like. Due to the personality that Sonny has developed and his individuality when compared to other robots with a similar make as his, Sonny, causes everyone to reconsider what truly defines humanity. Conflict arises as a revolution comes underway, led by one overly intelligent computer mainframe named “VIKI,” which, ironically, was created by the same scientist that made Sonny. VIKI manipulates the “three laws,” using a loop hole and decides that humans would be better off if robots were in control.
. Slightly more simplistic robots are used in today’s technology. Some of these robots are used to explore the moon, and others to build other machines more efficiently; therefore, it isn’t unreasonable to say that robots will have greatly evolved twenty to thirty years in the future. With the speed at which technology is progressing today, and the growing reality of the Singularity theory, the presentation of humanistic robots, along with the possibility of cybernetic humans, in the future is very possible. Singularity is defined as “the...
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