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“What is Life?” A New Breed of Robots Are Causing Scientists to Question

 
“We’re all machines,”
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“What is Life?” A New Breed of Robots Are Causing Scientists to Question
The word “robot” was popularized in 1920, in the play “Rossum’s Universal Robots” by the acclaimed Czech writer, Karl Capek.

Čapek, comparable to Aldous Huxley and George Orwell as a mainstream literary figure who used science-fiction motifs long before science fiction became established as a separate genre, focused on possible future social and human evolution on Earth, rather than technically advanced stories of space travel. His writings anticipated mass production, atomic weapons, and post-human intelligent beings.

Capek coined "robot" from the Czech word “robota,” which means forced labor or drudgery. In R.U.R. as his play was commonly called, Robots are built to be factory workers, meaning they are designed as simply as possible, with no extraneous frills. “Robots are not people,” says the man who manufactures them. “They are mechanically more perfect than we are, they have an astounding intellectual capacity, but they have no soul.” Capek’s Robots are not mechanical hunks of metal but rather biological. The only thing that separates them from humans is the fact that they were built rather than born.

In reality, there is some debate about what constitutes life. Synthetic bacteria for example, are created by man and yet also alive. Some go so far as to say that robot “emotions” may already have occurred—that current robots have not only displayed emotions, but in some ways have experienced them.

“We’re all machines,” says Rodney Brooks author of “Flesh and Machines,”

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“We’re all machines,” says Rodney Brooks author of “Flesh and Machines,”


What the fuck does he know except a lie that makes him a living.

Until these trans humanist, A. I. robotic scientist prove their creation has a spirit wrapped in a soul that can have transcendental experiences, the most they got is a Ford Pinto with On Star.
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Until these trans humanist, A. I. robotic scientist prove their creation has a spirit wrapped in a soul that can have transcendental experiences, the most they got is a Ford Pinto with On Star.
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hal 9000 whats going to happen dave? lol

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