Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Evil Robots: Nature vs. Nurture - An In Depth Analysis

Alright, alright. Everybody keeps talking about how robots are evil and how they might destroy mankind. Well I was hoping to avoid this discussion, but sometimes the best way to address these issues is just to confront them head on.

Yes, sometimes robots can be bad...

But they are not all bad. This one I know for a fact is a very pleasant and jovial robot.

But the question we really should be discussing is - what makes some robots evil and others not evil? Is it nature? Is it nurture? Is it both? To be honest, I don’t have all the answers. But I would like to submit some robot facts for your consideration.

Well, I know that some robots are evil from their creation. Like this guy. There’s no way you could program a robot like this to do anything other than hate and destroy:
This one on the other hand looks like he could have easily been a nice robot, if he hadn’t been so negatively influenced by his evil owner. But since he has, now his only mission can be to hate and destroy.

On the other hand, sometimes an owner will do all that they can to raise their robot as a kind and peaceful robot, but then it is an evil outside force which causes them to hate and destroy...

Finally, sometimes (like us humans) it is love which causes robots to behave in a manner which is evil. Like this robot. Normally, he is a fun-loving and gentile robot, but after finding himself involved in a love triangle – well, now he is behaving in a hatefull and destructive manner - and I submit that if you knew that woman the way he does, you would find his behavior understandable and perhaps even justified.
In conclusion; robots (for the most part) are much like humans when it comes to evil. But I believe it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to set a good example for them. And if, after all we can do, the robots are still evil - well in that case, I believe we should find some way to reflect their death rays or try to short circuit their control panels.

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