Droids with Feelings (or is it Existential Angst?)

I’ve actually written some serious treatments of whether machines can ever be people, including in my chapter in Religion and Science Fiction. The series of posters that IO9 highlighted today about droids suffering from what they described as “low self esteem” actually seem to me to depict them doing more than that, reflecting on very human questions and emotions. Take a look and see what you think. Here’s one of my favorites:

From Papers Beats Scissors.

What do you think? Will technologically-constructed machines ever think, feel, and/or ponder the meaning of existence?

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  • Gary

    They should include Spirit and Endeavour on Mars. Something like “they use me, then they dump me”. I hope they are kept alive long enough to have AI uploaded into them. Might then be the last legacy of humans.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      There is already one that is heartbreaking in its anthropomorphizing of the Spirit rover:  

  • Gary

    I take it back, maybe it’s not a good idea to add AI to Spirit. Then we do indeed have a moral question…unless we include a biblical ending. Include in the last line of code, God breathed nephesh into his hard drive, and he/she will be resurrected eventually. Or at least he/she will think that, assuming he/she is Protestant.