I attended this talk at Dublin City University in November 2016 and thinking about the course content nearing the end of our stream lead me to revisit it and Sian’s paper from block 1. The topics covered arose from the Digital Education manifesto and reminded me of how we can look to the future whilst still weaving in the human.
The dystopian future portrayed in this television show set in the present, seems ever increasingly nearer. It is a tale of one man’s invention of a machine which ‘thinks’. Ultimately, it came down to man against machine, man against man and machine against machine. The ethics were at the heart with the inventor constantly worried about the impact of his invention on the human race. Despite the fictitious basis it constantly raised timely and important questions that we need to ask ourselves in a technological era.
This was such a beautiful video demonstrating not only wonderful results from a project weaving digital with analogue but also community and human creativity. So much was said in only four minutes. I would have loved to have watched more.
My summary this weeks leads directly on from my last post looking at the emotional aspect of humans and how that is intangibly different to computer coding. Many of my tweets and conversations with fellow students circled around the dystopian aspect of this and the worry about AI replacing us, both in care roles and the workplace (such as in call centres or social care settings). One author, a new father actually took solace in his wife’s exhaustion feeding at night as he couldn’t foresee any robot being able to emulate this human trait and all that it entailed.
Working through this week and thinking about the film festival I realised along the way that I am saturated with robots on a daily basis, but do my utmost to filter out this presence.
Why? Each day I work on the sofa with a backdrop of back to back episodes of Transformers Rescue Bots. For someone who has never watched Transformers I am assuming that on some level there is a connection to this version for much younger viewers.
Working through our readings I thought I would apply the characteristics of human-machine relationships in the Millar paper to myself to bring the whole concept of cyborg into perspective for me. It was also a good chance to have a play at creating an artefact.