THIS is a bit off-topic for us, but news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism is slow today. Your Curmudgeon needs to unleash his political frustrations from time to time, and this is such an occasion.
The boxed dialogue below comes from the movie script for I, Robot, available here: I, Robot Script – Dialogue Transcript. The movie is vaguely based on the anthology of Isaac Asimov’s robot stories bearing the same title, I, Robot.
Asimov did have a character named Susan Calvin, and his robots were constrained by his innovation — the Three Laws of Robotics. Otherwise, the film seems to go its own way.
This comes from the movie’s climax, where Detective Spooner, Susan Calvin, and the robot Sonny confront VIKI, the artificial intelligence that is now revealed to be masterminding the robot rebellion. Spooner declares that Sonny isn’t the problem, it’s VIKI. As he utters that name, VIKI’s hologram appears.
If you don’t yet see the relevance of VIKI’s manifesto to present-day politics in the United States, just substitute the word “Constitution” in place of the Three Laws. The rest is obvious. Our logic is undeniable.
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