Artificial Intelligence In Frankenstein And Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

1663 WordsMay 30, 20177 Pages
Artificial Intelligence is undoubtedly a hotly debated topic in today’s society, with many concerned that it will soon enslave humanity and others saying that it’s harmless and only here to help us. Many sci-fi movies, such as the infamous 1984 film produced by James Cameron, The Terminator, portray robots as becoming knowledgeable and taking over the world. Humanity creates an artificially intelligent program known as Skynet, which becomes completely cognizant and overthrows the world by initiating a nuclear holocaust. In the aftermath, a group of survivors creates a resistance that attempts to destroy the program, however they are met with the challenge of defeating Skynet’s cyborg army. Skynet sends a terminator, played by Arnold…show more content…
Nick Bostrom, a philosopher and the University of Oxford, states that, “...superintelligence could emerge, and while it could be great [...] it could also decide it doesn’t need humans around” (Ford). This philosopher, like many other technology critics, can see the effects that artificial intelligence may have on our future, however there is always the select group of people who cannot foresee the consequences of their actions. For example, Victor Frankenstein was introduced to science at a young age and when he went to college at Ingolstadt he met Professor Waldman shared a similar scientific interest. Waldman proclaimed,”If your wish is to become really a man of science [...] I should advise you to apply to every branch of natural philosophy…” much like how Waldman himself devotes his life to all branches of science (Shelley 29). However, this sparked Victor’s interested and caused him to not immediately realize the ramifications of his attempts to bring the dead back to life, which lead to the death of Victor's loved ones and the destruction of his world. The entire human race in The Terminator closely resembles Victor Frankenstein considering that humans create the superintelligent program, Skynet, which is supposed solely defend the nation’s cyber network, however it ends up taking over the world. This is extremely similar to Victor's situation, in which both he and humanity neglect
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