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Time Machine Symposium

Time Machine Symposium

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analysing the ethics and social statusof 
robotics
in popular culture
time machine:
symposium
 
introduction
 This assignment will be investigating the topics of modernity, modernism and post-modernism inrelation to the social perception of robots in particular examples popular culture.Sources to be used to inform this assignment include the book,
Modernity, Modernism and Post-Modernism
by Terry Eagleton, for an in-depth and detailed explanation of the three topics, as well as thearticle
From Modernism to Post-Modernism
from NewSchool.edu for the same purpose. The assignmentwill also be sourcing information from Isaac Asimov’s
I, Robot 
, mainly for its ideas concerning the
ThreeLaws of Robotics
and also a paper by Robert A. Frietas Jr. named
The Legal Rights of Robots
, whichaddresses concepts surrounding potential real world laws which may be developed with theadvancement of robotic technology. Another source to be referenced is the book
Robot Ethics
by PatrickLin, Keith Abney and George A. Bekey, for its detailed analysis of various ethical and social implicationsthat come from the growing presence of robotics in society. The assignment will be taking information and topics discussed in these sources and applying themto a selection of historical and contemporary examples of robots in popular culture.
 
key ideas
Modernity
Developing the Modern World and the Human RaceRobots Serving Humanity, Considered Lesser
“Robots do not hold on to life. They can't. They have nothing to hold on with — no soul, no instinct.Grass has more will to live than they do.” 
(Kapek, 1920)
Post-Modernism
Surpassing the Modern World and the Human RaceRobots Surpass Humanity, Considered Greater
“Naysayers believe there could come a time when these cunning creatures understand us better thanwe understand ourselves and they will manipulate us – maybe even replace us.” 
(Pelletier, Unknown)
Modernism
Perfecting and Refining the Modern World and the Human RaceRobots a Part of Society, Considered Equal
Twenty years ago Hilary Putnam at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was the first to address theissue of the civil rights of robots. “It seems preferable to me that discrimination based on the softnessor hardness of the body parts of a synthetic organism seems as silly as discriminatory treatment of humans on the basis of skin color.” 
(Frietas Jr, 1985)

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