Monday, May 5, 2014

Gimmie An Android, Ill Show You A Human...


First, you must watch this trailer...its amazing.

Second, in Phillip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, we are asked to believe that in the future both animals, and some humans have become androids. That we are able to draw empathy out of a box, and the future of the human race is being threatened by the very things that we have created.

OK, I'm in. Oddly now, more than ever this seems a plausible set of circumstances.
One of the most engaging things about this story is the dynamic of relationships that occur between human and android.
Although the humans are bread (over a period of time) to distrust, and to ultimately destroy their android counterparts, we find the struggle to reconcile emotions with orders:
"Tonight sometime, he thought as he clicked off the bedside light, I will retire a Nexus 6 which looks exactly like this naked girl. My good God, he thought; Iv'e wound up where Phil Resch said. Go to bed with her first, he remembered. Then kill her. "i cant do it," he said, and backed away from the bed" (Dick 194).   
The androids have been so well manufactured that the simulation has become as real as the "real thing":
 "Therefore , pretending, or dissimulating, leaves the principle of reality intact: the difference is always clear, it is simply masked, whereas simulation threatens the difference between the "true" and the "false," the "real" and the "imaginary" (Baudrillard 3). 
During the hotel scene that has been previously quoted from Jake's perspective, we are shown what is "real" human emotion coming from Jake.  Just before that quote is a admission from Rachel, "I love You," she says.  Her actions throughout the scene back up the statement, at least from a human perspective.
It is in these most intimate moments between Jake and Rachel that the "false" falls apart, the "true" becomes unidentifiable, and the "reality" of these characters are intertwined.

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