RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:But Graham's right in that we can't use those instances to do a mass co0ndemnation of Soong-type androids, or holograms.
GrahamKennedy wrote:it's become a bit of a bugbear with me over the years. AI is often used in science fiction for the Frankenstein principle, the idea that there are things we are not meant to know, not capable of handling, and if we meddle in those things they will turn around and bite us on the ass. I think that's a poor principle, and I don't think it really fits well into the Trek ethos that exploring and learning new things is inherently good.
More recently some sci fi has explored the idea that AI would really just be another kind of living thing, no more likely to turn out inherently evil than people or cows are. Andromeda started with that premise, though it kinda backtracked on it a little. I find that treating AI as something that will have benefits and drawbacks just like anything else is a more mature and interesting attitude to explore.
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:It's not a versus, so I think it's acceptable... but one wonders what Data, Threepio, Artoo and Optimus Prime would talk about.
Mikey wrote:The difference is that eugenics is an attempt to artificially manipulate the natural selection of a species, and has (in the 'Trek universe) led to war and genocide. The other is just an attempt to further a species that just happens to be smarter, faster, and stronger than us.
Mikey wrote:RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:It's not a versus, so I think it's acceptable... but one wonders what Data, Threepio, Artoo and Optimus Prime would talk about.
Probably, how annoying us meatbags are.
Captain Seafort wrote:Nah - that's HK-47 you're thinking of.
Mikey wrote:No, they don't like the eugenic "supermen" because those men started a war which devastated populations. AFAIK, Data hasn't.
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