When Do We Cease Being Human?

Just a short note on being human.  I was looking through some “Star Trek: The Next Generation” clips and found one that focused some on the android Data, and his ability to mimic the musical styles of thousands of composers and musicians.  The question arose as to what part of the music was actually created by him in terms of feelings and emotions.  Of course, as he had none, he could not answer the question or really even consider it.

It struck me as pertinent to what we have been discussing this week: In all of our efforts to create new and exciting technology to use in just about every area of our lives, where in that process are we in danger of ceasing to be human?  Or, where is the human quality in the technology we create?  And lastly, once given up, is humanity retrievable?

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