May. 23rd, 2009

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Real soldiers love their robot brethren

"One of the psychologically interesting things is that these systems aren't designed to promote intimacy, and yet we're seeing these bonds being built with them."


I have a bizarre fascination and attachment to anything to do with robots. I don't know what it is. I think it has something to do with the formation of consciousness and identity, and the potential for sentience. Or something. I haven't quite thought it out well enough, not yet anyway.

I read a book recently reading is AWESOME--I'd quite forgotten just how much I actually enjoy picking up a good book by Peter Watts called Blightsight, which is all about consciousness, sentience, and identity. Very little about robots. Which is probably good: sad robots make me cry. Anyway, it's an excellent book, I very highly recommend it. Very much a Hard SciFi book, so if that's not your cuppa tea then ... well ... I dunno.

In the Doom Film class today we watched Last Night (1998), the one by Don McKeller. It was quite powerful (well, then again, I think almost anything would seem moving after the pretty dreck of The Day After Tomorrow), and made me consider what I would do if I were told exactly when the world was going to end.

The short answer is, I don't know. The long answer is remarkably like the short. What would you do?

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