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Tools once helped early man increase his survivability and they became more and more useful as means to achieve our goals Today innovations in technology have allowed us to fabricate tools of increasing complexity As we recognize that the most effective tools have human characteristics such as a computer capable of learning we will give our tools these characteristics If technological innovations continue we could actually create tools that are human or at least beings that challenge how we define being human Ridley Scotts Blade Runner and James Camerons Terminator 2 offer two particular scenarios of futures in which the state of technology gives us the ability to do questionable things As we give our machines selected human characteristics to make them more efficient they will tend to discover humanity in their own unique way rising above their specifications to actually become human By definition tools are designed specifically for certain tasks and as technological tools the T800 and the replicant are deigned to meet specific specifications In Terminator 2 the T800 is a multipurpose cyborg assigned to save John Connor given a series of mission parameters initially characterized by his computer logic He often advises John based on permutations of the T1000s next move similar to the way a chess computer decides what move to make next Just as the T800 is designed to perform solely as a unemotional computer the replicants in Blade Runner are designed to work in slavery without protest Since its remarked in Blade Runner that humans develop emotions by existing for a period of time it is predicted that replicants could not develop emotions in their four year life span So its easy for the society in Blade Runner to equate replicants with machines indicated so politically by the term retirement As in Terminator 2 these manufactured beings are intended to parallel humans only in efficiency and effectiveness not in emotion Similar in practice to how we solve problems
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