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What will the future look like? How would our lifestyles change with time, discoveries, and inventions? Most importantly of all, will we be able to design intelligence on par with our own? Will we be able to craft artificial creatures that are indistinguishable from actual humans? Will we be able to create our equals? What then?
These questions have haunted philosophers, thinkers, sci-fi writers and aficionados, students, their professors, and everyday wonderers for centuries. Let’s get this one out of the way quickly – of course, there are no answers. Everything that follows is merely speculation, but speculation that is exciting and somewhat promising of an actual realization.
Three films – “Frankenstein” (1931), “Blade Runner” (1982), “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence” (2001) – will be analyzed and compared regarding how they treat the issue of artificial lifeforms. The discussion will expand beyond, however, exploring the technological sophistication that we enjoy today, and the alternative futures that may exist tomorrow. It will attempt to solve some of the aforementioned questions, provoke thought, and inspire discussion. Continue reading