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?
America has long been obsessed with the idea of the Wild Wild West. In the TV show Firefly, the genres of western and science fiction are blended together. For those who are unfamiliar with the story line, here is a quote from the opening of the show (I could not attached the clip):
“Here’s how it is, Earth got used up so we terraformed a whole new galaxy of Earths. Some rich and flush with the new technologies. Some not so much. Central planets they must form the Alliance, which swore to bring everyone under their rule. A few idiots tried to fight it, among them myself. I’m Malcolm Reynolds, captain of Serenity. I’ve got a good crew…You got a job, we can do it. Don’t much care what it is,”
The Ballad of Serenity This show incorporates the common theme present in science fiction of have to leave Earth and rebuilding civilization elsewhere, due to Earth’s unideal conditions. In Firefly, they take off into space and rebuild on numerous planets. As the opening sequence suggests, Malcolm Reynolds, is a sort of an outlaw, who runs a ship to smuggle and commit illegal activities in order to make his money. I think the concept of the show is very interesting, especially when related to the initial idea of genre we discussed in class. It takes one of the more classic genres, western and turns changes it into a science fiction based TV show. The show contains features of both genre as it is set in outer space, with the idea of new technology, however it still contains the core ideas of a western. Ideas such as the outlaw and exploring the new world. It is not the first show to blend the two genres, over the years there have been many space cowboy movies. One of the more well known ones being Space Cowboys, as well as the more recent Cowboys and Aliens. Overall, there have been many movies exploring the blending of these two genres, after all who doesn’t like cowboys and space? I just really enjoy this clip… This Land…