Hello to you. Last night we watched the original Blade Runner with Kyle’s youngest brother Cole. Cole had never seen the film before and is very interested in computer programming and gaming. He enjoyed it as did we. Ever since my ex introduced me to this film back in 1987, I’ve been watching it and have owned it in it’s various forms. Even when they had the movie on a Laser Disc the size of a record album!
The reason the film is so important to me is because of the questions it posed, that many years ago, about what our definition of what life is. What does it mean to be “alive” and what are the responsibilities of a creator for his or her creation if giving them animation includes the side effect of human consciousness….sentience….awareness. Conditions that have until recently only applied to “flesh and blood.” In light of Saudi Arabia recently giving citizenship to an AI, Sophia who is a robot, and the direction robotics are going….”more human than human”…becoming a burgeoning industry around the world. I think Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others who are asking for a “pause” button are justified in their concerns.
If you make “it”, are you prepared for what it means to be God? In case anyone has forgotten, God(s) get a lot of praise but they also get a lot of hate for the actions of their creation that intentionally or unintentionally do harm to others.
Remember the angry villagers with the tiki torches and pitchforks when Frankenstein ran amok?!
Dreamt about a young woman wanting to run away with a young man to London. He was writing a script/play. I could see it was already written. What was weird was when she was talking to him, it was like he wasn’t really there. While she was talking to him, she ran her hand across a dark blue carpet and asked him, “Are you there?” He looked like Blaine from the television show Glee. The parents were supportive of the girl because the boy was rich, or was going to be.
7:27 am (one that woke be up abruptly)
Dreamt there was a town guarded by robots that looked like cowboys. A man took a chance to walk past them because he thought they were just automatons. Kind of like the animated figures you would see at Disney in the It’s A Small World exhibit where they just move but are not aware…not alive. Just as the man got past them and was headed into darkness, one of the robot cowboys responded and shot the human man in the back and then turned and shot an old woman in the head who was preparing to do the same thing.
This dream correlates to the questions Blade Runner, Terminator, Robocop, the show Humans, West World….so many other movies and television shows. This is the risk we take to play God by taking AI and robotics to such a level.
The question Rachel, a highly developed Replicant asked a man who could “retire” her is very important to consider as it goes “both ways” should we decide to develop sentience robots and give them duties such as being police or soldiers (especially since we already know humans can make these same sorts of mistakes):
“Have you ever retired a human by mistake?” (Rachel) “No” (Deckard) “But in your position that is a risk.”
Recent video that inspired drawing: