I, Robot - Movie starring Will Smith
This is a very good movie. It sort of is based on some concepts of Isaac Asimov's books
though quite a bit of liberty has been taken with his original stories. Besides the concept of whether or not robots could evolve to take over the world is the idea of what is "safe enough". The robots think they have to take humans prisoner because they keep doing stupid things. This, of course, is what we often do to ourselves with stupid laws.
The current controversy over whether or not we need someone to tell us what we can and cannot eat is part of this. Personally, I think we are each responsible for what we eat and if someone gets sick or dies because of their choices, I don't feel that that is my responsibility or that I should have to pay for it. I try my best to eat what's right and do what's right but this is balanced by what is pleasurable and exciting. These are choices everyone has to make for themselves and when these choices are taken from us, we are prisoners. Anytime such issues are settled by laws and lawsuits, I end up paying for it one way or another. The only ones that come out ahead are the lawyers, like John Edwards.
This is a very good movie and even though it was loosely based on Asimov it's made me want to read some of his books again. I always enjoyed the "science" side of science fiction more than the "sword and sorcery" side, though I liked the s&s also. I always figure science is way ahead of magic and much more responsiable, though anything can be preverted. I just looked at my bookshelf and I have Heinlein and Gibson but no Asimov. I'll have to check the library. (Pause) Oh, just checked the public library and everyone of the "I, Robot" books are checked out. Good! It's always nice when something stirs people to read a book. I put my name on reserve.
Posted by rachela
at 4:19 PM MDT