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Archetype: The Emergence of Machine Sentience

If film makers are prophets, then Aaron Sims is the harbinger of AI at a late hour. Just as Stephen Spielberg opened the gates for ETs, Sims goes the extra mile by humanizing a killer robot in the process of awakening. The short video, a viral hit on YouTube, has now had the rights purchased by producer John Davis to turn it into a full length film. Davis, who produced the Will Smith Asimov-esque I, Robot (2004), had recent success with the found-footage sci-fi hit Chronicle.



RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.
Directed by Aaron Sims
starring Robert Joy (Land of the Dead, CSI:NY) and David Anders (Heros, 24)



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    the short film plays with some wonderful themes associated with the rise of machine intelligence, the ongoing discoveries of neurology, and the ethics of military technology. It tells the story of an RL-7, a robotic soldier that’s beginning to suspect it used to be human. If you haven’t seen Archetype, go ahead and watch it now, it’s seven minutes well spent.

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The thing that has always got me about this subject is, what if we really do make a sentient machine? What are the repercussions of this? In Asimov"s world , there were laws of robotics. A robot could never harm a human. a robot could never allow harm to come to a human. A robot could never violate the first law to fuflill the other laws.
Could we ever program more morality than we are capable of our selves? Are artificial life forms more expendable than our selves because "we" didn;t make thjem? Beacuse "God" didn't make them.? Is all "Sacred" life including the life we make as a sacred life as our selves?
For those that like Sci-Fi... I suggest the "Spinward Fringe" series. Part space operah... part hard science. Great questions about what determines the path of evil. Enviroment or genetics. destiny or history?
In my mind, there is no truly absolute answer, Sure artificial intellegence opens up a threat that goes against the natural order. On the other hand, it is the equalizer against the naturalizer gone astary and brings us back to our roots. Blade runner or "Do androids dream of electric sheep" is a great primer for this conversation.

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Why is this leap of consciousness always depicted as negative?

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHenri

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