Thursday, May 16, 2013

Machines vs. Humans

I seem to like stories about robots who threaten humanity's very existence. I fell in love with The Matrix a few years back (though I've only watched the first movie), am now fairly obsessed with the Terminator franchise, and when my boyfriend introduced me to the remake of Battlestar Galactica I took an immediate liking to it.

So I got to thinking...why do we like the stories about machines that threaten us? And what are those stories really about?

Maybe we're fascinated by the idea of being able to create our own destruction. Maybe it's taking the old story of the child who kills their parents one step further: from child to parent, to the new creation destroying the race who used generations worth of knowledge to create it.

After all, the story of Oedipus is still popular today. Or at least known. (Disclaimer: I haven't read it, but do know the basic plot.) Maybe machines are just a fun twist on the story.

Or maybe we like them because we're questioning if we're really the top predators. Or possibly because we're questioning if we should be the top predator, since it should be pretty obvious that we are.

What do you think? Is it one or both of the things I've mentioned? Or do you have another idea that hasn't occurred to me?

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