Human After All

Science fiction is replete with stories questioning what it means to be human. If it looks like a human and acts like a human, is it human? Artificial lifeforms are perfect vehicles for exploring the human condition. Look no further than Asimov’s The Bicentennial Man or the Star Trek episode, The Measure of a Man, for a thorough examination of the subject.

In the stories, androids struggle to be recognized as people, but in reality it will be humans struggling to withhold that recognition. We already show compassion for machines of every sort, from automobiles to space shuttles. Heck I get sentimental about old computers and clock radios.

Won’t I thank the android that hands me a beer?

Human After All

4 thoughts on “Human After All

  1. YMRJ says:

    Only if its patro sensor is broken.

    We actually had a film series in college and bicentennial man was the movie. We watched it and then had a nice little chat on this very subject. So academic!


  2. Aw yeah totally philosophical! I actually had to read it for a college class myself. That was one of the few books I actually read in school 😉

    Yeah I would hope they’d build androids with sophisticated and reliable patro systems.


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