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Running Head: WORST NIGHTMARE

Mans Best Creation and Worst Nightmare


Honors British Literature
Mr. Tawes

Michael King
4/24/2015

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Mans Best Creation and Worst Nightmare

Introduction
Man has done it! He came to Earth, and conquered it. As being the most intelligent and
rightful ruler of the planet, Man is constantly inventing tools to help with such a daunting
assignment. Today, Man is increasingly growing more and more dependent on robots. It is
growing common seeing robots in public and scientist are already giving robots a role in society
(Piore 2014 Friend For Life). Soon, Man will not have to lift a finger, or think too hard about
something, for the robots will do any necessary labor. Robotics is a field that is advancing
rapidly. Autonomous robots are machines that are able to analyze situations, come up with the
best decision and act upon it without the need of human assistance. This intelligent decision
making could lead to a robotic revolution. Autonomous robots are also now in the business of
war as weapons of mass destruction, making war as easy as a push of a button. Man is creating
machines that are going to roam the Earth that are not originated from the planet itself, giving
Man a responsibility that he is unfit to have. A world run by robots seems like a Utopia to some
at first glance, however, a closer look at the topic reveals that the advancement of autonomous
robots would only bring Man's demise.
The Cybernetic Revolution
With man trying his hardest to create robots within his likeness, he is reinventing and
improving the intelligence side of the brain. Robots can now hold and recall at will more
knowledge than any human, as well as learn and even have emotions. Since robots are now able
to learn as they work, their creators will find after time that it is almost impossible to predict
what they will do next (Johnson 2015 Technology With No Human Responsibility?). This could
spark what is deemed, the cybernetic revolution. This is a scenario in which autonomous robots
figure out that humans are unfit to run the planet and sees Man as a global threat. This causes the

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robots to choose to enslave all humans and run the planet themselves. Earth was made for all
walks of life to enjoy and live peacefully. The advancement of autonomous robots would the end
of the era of Earth being run by natural leaders.
Man versus Machine
Sun Tzu said, The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Autonomous robots will end war as we know it. It would no longer be about young men dying
on the battlefields, but about who has the biggest and smartest destroying machine. Assembling
thousands of troops would be a thing of the past, and war would be as easy as a push of a button.
Programming a machine to take a human life is degrading to the worth of Mans life (Johnson and
Axinn 2013, The Morality of Autonomous Robots). Some might say that, this would be a great
achievement that fewer men would die in battle; however, these weapons would easily destroy
the vessel Man calls home. With there being a lesser opportunity cost of war, leaders would be
quicker to go to it. This would only bring more disharmony than Man already has with himself,
and would eventually result in the destruction of the world.
Mother Earth and Her Children
Up until this point in time, the Earth was only roamed by the creatures who were formed
from it. All of these creatures have a special connection with the Earth, and use the resources
given to them, and in turn, returns its corpse to the planet and turns into resources themselves.
Robots do not have this emotional connection with the Earth, so it would not be wise in letting
them become the new rulers of it. Autonomous robots will be able to hold an immense amount of
information, but never enough to be able to have the same feelings that humans have for the
world. Their parts will never be able to provide the Earth with nutrients like Mans will.
Man came to be through natural selection and evolution, just as every other creature on
this planet. These creatures are simply products of the Earth. Autonomous robots are however,
the first products from a product of the Earth. Instead of relying on the perfect nature of Earth for

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creating the beings that inhabit it, Man has taken it upon himself to do the Earths job. This
arrogant way of thinking is what Mary Shelley was talking about in Frankenstein. Victor created
Frankenstein out of arrogance and while successful at making another living creature, his
creation became a murderer and killed his loved ones. Instead of trusting in the perfect nature of
evolution, he wanted to take on the responsibility of creating another creature on his own, which
backfired tenfold. Man should take a lesson from this novel and trust in the Earth to deliver the
next advancement of humanity and not himself, for Man is still a relatively young species, and
does not have all of the answers.
Conclusion
The world is not a perfect place today. Man has become distant from his roots in nature,
and has lived through some very disharmonic times. The only thing that can save Man from
himself is Man. Not his creation. Some may argue that autonomous robots are smarter than Man,
so it would be logical to let them lead the world. The Earth however was not made for it to be
ruled by unnatural and soulless machines. The Earth created its inhabitants, so it is only right that
these inhabitants learn to live in harmony and go through life together. It is the responsibility of
the creatures of the Earth to lead it and thrive. The advancement of autonomous robots is not
something to be thought lightly. Man must be very cautious in what he creates in this field, for if
he is not careful, his best creation may become his worst nightmare.

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References
Johnson, A. M., & Axinn, S. (2013). THE MORALITY OF AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS. Journal
Of Military Ethics, 12(2), 129-141. doi:10.1080/15027570.2013.818399
Johnson, D. (2015). Technology with No Human Responsibility?. Journal Of Business
Ethics, 127(4), 707-715. doi:10.1007/s10551-014-2180-1
Piore, A. (2014). FRIEND FOR LIFE. Popular Science, 285(5), 38-84.