Ever since the topic of artificial intelligence came up it has really made me think about what it means to create artificial life forms. I believe in equal rights for everyone no matter what position in society that they may occupy so, of course, I believe that artificial life forms should be equal rights as well. The problem that I have though is in creating a life that is only going to be used for a specific purpose and is treated like an object in the process. This brings me to the heart of this blog: the process of cloning.
Cloning is defined, in Wikipedia, as “…the process of producing similar populations of genetically identical individuals…” (“Cloning”). Cloning is an interesting concept and the genre of science fiction is the perfect place to represent it. I found a great movie that both explores and exposes cloning for what it really is. The Island, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, follows two individuals who escape from the secured location where they are being held, once they discover that they are clones being used for particular means.
Now my question becomes, at what point do we put an end to creating lives when we don’t really even give them a chance to live a normal life?
I am not very familiar with the genre of science fiction but, of course, I know that it is one of the very popular genres out there right now. I have heard about the Star Wars and Star Trek series which are obviously very popular but, I have not seen either one of them. My understanding of science fiction, previous to taking this course, is simply a novel or film about an imaginary world sometime in the future. Of course I imagined odd creatures, such as aliens, being the main elements of the stories but I am now aware of the fact that the science fiction world is one that is somewhat relate-able to the world we are currently living in but with a fantasy element included. Due to the fact that I am not very familiar with the genre of science fiction, I have essentially steered away from reading science fiction novels and watching science fiction films and television shows. As a result of this course, I have gained a clearer understanding about the meaning behind producing science fiction works and why people enjoy it so much. The fantasy element takes readers or viewers out of their current reality and to a place where things can be somewhat threatening and unusual but, at the same time, exciting and liberating. I am certainly going to start immersing myself more into this genre because it is completely different from what I am used to reading and watching, and I am sure that it is going to open up my world to some pretty unique experiences!