Robotically challenged

Looking around the exhibit today one particular passage attracted my eye. It was about Frankenstein being perceived as what will potentially happen with robots. I never thought of Frankenstein physically as a robot.

I think this is because the book vividly describes Frankenstein being constructed part by part. Yet, Frankenstein is like a robot. The concept of a robot is taking random materials and putting them together to make some sort of moving body. Then, program the robot to perform certain actions to replace those you would make. Frankenstein was made out of different materials to make a body and was given a brain (programming). The only difference is that Frankenstein was not given a specific action to perform and that is where things get a little scary.

People are scared of what they don’t know. If we create a robot but don’t program it specifically. Will it learn from the world around it and consequently turn on us? More than several movies have taken this thought into consideration and analyzed it. I think the clincher here is that Frankenstein is made from dead bodies, remaking a robot out of those materials would defy the imagination.

Frankenstein is like a robot but with a larger range of thought as well as feelings. Could robots have feelings? This is another point is that when creating a robot with feelings you are making basically another human being. This could clash with religion or your personal morals. There is a lot to think about with the future relating to advanced technology and robots.

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  1. awill says:

    When I think of a robot, I get the image in my head of a walking, talking, machine from The Jetsons or Star Wars. Frankenstein is not really a robot in my eyes, but not because he is made of human parts. Frankenstein has too many human qualities too be a robot. I don’t believe he can be programmed in the same way your speaking of. His brain is certainly programmed by what he sees, hears, and feels, but I don’t think he can be functionally programmed. Likewise, I don’t think the robot can experience feelings because it can only do what it is specifically instructed to do.

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