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Computers are programmed and humans learn with experience but what if computers were programmed to learn how would these thinking machines differ from humans How these machines work must be looked at first in order to understand the difference between machines and humans In his book Blade Runner Philip K Dick incorporates several different aspects of not only how artificial intelligence works but he also uses artificial intelligence to show slaveries of todays society The artificially intelligent machines Dick writes about are known as androids and are equipped with highly advanced forms of artificial intelligence These androids are used as slaves for humans who have emigrated to Mars because of World War Terminus which has caused the Earth to become a dark and desolate place with an atmosphere filled with radiation The world today does not have the capability of making machines with the intelligence of the androids in Blade Runner but Dicks science fiction can be looked at as a metaphor to how the world is becoming more accepting or oblivious to the many facets of slavery in todays society Rick Deckard the main character of Blade Runner works as a bounty hunter for his local police department As a bounty hunter Deckards job is to retire the androids that have fled their slavery from Mars in a hope for a better so called life on Earth This is the underlying idea in Dicks metaphor of acceptance of slavery The androids although just machines understand the indecencies of their forced slavery but humans continue to be oblivious to the many different forms of slavery going on around them Sometimes this slavery is hard to see but once it is found it must be overcome The androids in Blade Runner are able to identify their slavery and long for freedom in short period of time in fact they only live for a couple of years Maybe this shows something of what the creator of these
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