The Programming and Behaviour of the Artificial Creature

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This copy was made in accordance with the University of Toronto’s Fair Dealing Policy, and the exceptions granted under Section 29 of the Copyright Act. In keeping with the Fair Dealing guidelines, you are allowed to make one copy for the sole purpose of research, private study, criticism, review, news reporting, education, parody or satire. If the copy is used for the purpose of review, criticism or news reporting, the source and the name of the author must be noted. Use of this copy for any other purpose may require the permission of the copyright owner. scientists, who remind us of computers or robots performing their tasks. Paradoxically, the real people lose their human face and act like robots while designing their people-like creatures, which become more human 64 with every technological advancement. The programming and behaviour of the artificial creature The fact that the level of dehumanisation on the proprietor's/scientist's part is balanced by a tendency to strive towards humanity on the artificial creature's part, becomes essential when discussing the programming of the artificial creature. It is helpful at this point to consider the rules expressed in Isaac Asimov's Laws of Robotics (1941 ). Asimov developed these laws6 5 as a system of ethics for his Positronic Robots in response to a technophobic "Frankenstein syndrome." The three rules read as follows: (1) a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; (2) a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; (3) a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.66 We find that these laws, when taken as criteria for the creature's programming, are continuously broken or ignored by 64one is reminded here of the two Scottish scientists responsible for the cloning of "Dolly." They kept their discovery secret for a year, afraid of what they had discovered in their lab. More recently in 2002 the Raelian sect claimed to have cloned a human baby - this claim, however, was never verified. 65The laws emerged from Reason (1941) and became the first of many Asimov stories whose plots involve the explication of odd robot behaviour as an unexpected consequence of them. 66c1ute, John., Science Fiction (New York: Darling Kindersley, 1995) 306. 72 the creatures. In Metropolis the second law is undermined since the 'false Maria' ignores its initial programming. This also applies to Blade Runner and the Terminator films. The original programming of the robot in Metropolis, i.e. to influence the minds of the workers, is forgotten immediately the robot reveals some life of its own by dancing and partying, thus showing signs of an independent social orientation.
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