Would You Take Orders From A Robot?

I recently finished watching a TV series called Humans, which intrigued me, and has stayed in my mind. I found it so interesting! I mean, for starters, anything to do with robots, especially them becoming aware and thinking for themselves, fascinates me (I, Robot anyone?). I think it’s definitely something to think about, the idea that our technology could one day evolve so much that something we’ve created (to make our lives easier, no less) might surpass us in such a way that we become inferior to it.

I’m a big believer in it. I do think that one day humans will be outsmarted by their own creations. Purely because we think we’re smarter than we are. I am in no way an expert on the subject, but I’ve read a few articles about the development of robotics which say we’re not lightyears away from the type of synthetic person such as those seen in Humans. I’m sure I’ve even seen an article recently about a robot that passed a basic consciousness test, so it is coming! Although currently there is a large market for these being used as “sex robots”, so maybe we aren’t as evolved as we like to believe after all.

It’s hard to say whether the robots will go for world domination or not. Isn’t that a slight exaggeration, you say? Imagine if you woke up one day and realised you were smarter and stronger than the people that currently ruled the earth. You can’t say your mind wouldn’t slide a little bit towards taking over the world. Thinking you knew what was best for them. In Humans, the actual humans fear the possibility of what this sort of technology means and so the conscious robots live in secret. Based on what I know of human nature, I think it’s very likely we would react in this way even if there was nothing to fear from conscious “synthetics”, because what if?

Where does it stop though? We’re constantly moving forward with all realms of technology; the fast advancement of the iPhone being the perfect example. If anything close to this kind of speed occurred in the development of robotics, how long will it be before we have to answer the questions posed by these films and TV shows?

I, for one, think that a robot uprising is all too possible, maybe not in my lifetime because I don’t think the technology is moving quite that fast, but I still think it’s possible. And I think it could come down to a battle between wanting to see where the technology could go, and wanting to destroy what we’ve made out of pure fear. People laugh at me when I tell them about this, because whoever heard of a robot thinking for itself (ha ha Harriet you’re such a joker, they say, as a robot guns them down for insubordination) but I’m sticking to my beliefs; I want our robot leaders to like me.

Where do other people stand on the whole robots taking over the world idea?

(Did I mention I, Robot is one of my favourite films?)

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Oh TV, Why Must You Hurt Me So?

It’s a bad week for TV this week, in that pretty much everything I watch is wrapping up for the season. Mainly my two favourite shows; Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds. I’ve watched them both, and I cried at both, especially Grey’s Anatomy which is always an emotional rollercoaster but more so this week as it was Sandra Oh’s last episode. Oh god even writing that makes me want to start crying again. I’m heartbroken that she’s left.

For me her last episode was perfect, Shonda Rhimes did not let me down. I had a niggling feeling that she might do something awful like kill Cristina off so I can’t tell you how relieved I am that she didn’t! The moment where she comes up to Alex and we all see that she’s alive I was like yes I can start breathing again thank the lord. This episode also gave me what I think is my new favourite ever scene from Grey’s which I can’t stop watching, and one of my favourite speeches they’ve ever done. I love a good inspirational/emotional speech and this show does them so well but Cristina’s to Meredith about not being a hero, looking after Owen, looking after Alex was amazing. And when she told Meredith that Derek is “not the sun. You are”, I was finished off. Part of me cannot wait for the next series but another part is a bit apprehensive about what it’ll be like without Cristina in it. I guess we’ll soon see! The only part that made me sad was that she didn’t get a proper goodbye with Callie; I feel like they’ve got a special connection and you didn’t get to see them together one last time, which was a shame. I really loved the goodbye scene with Bailey and Webber though, it was exactly what I wanted.

Also, I won’t lie, I was slightly disappointed  that the explosion at the mall wasn’t a terrorist attack; it felt a bit anticlimactic. It would’ve been different to things they’ve done before, but I suppose it would’ve been too much with Cristina leaving in the same episode.

With Criminal Minds, I was super nervous beforehand because I’d seen all over twitter etc that someone was going to be leaving and I didn’t want it to be anyone. The only person I was okay with leaving was Blake, because while I really liked her, I wasn’t as committed to her as I am to every other character, so I was relieved when it turned out to actually be her. Before we saw it, me and my friend spent a lot of time when we should’ve been working coming up with theories of who it could be. Too much time. I didn’t think it would be Reid or Morgan because yeah they got shot but it was so obvious. My friend disagreed. I thought they might throw a curve ball and it would be Hotch or someone because he hasn’t had a lot of central action recently. She was convinced it wouldn’t be Blake. I did love the episode though, I love to see them all coming together as a family. And I was surprised when it turned out that the whole police force were in on it, I wasn’t expecting there to be that level of corruption!

I wonder if they’ll bring in someone new or leave it at the six of them? I kinda hope they just leave it for now, they’re a perfect group in my eyes.

So two great season finales in my opinion, but also heartbreaking. What am I going to waste my time doing now?! September can’t come quick enough!

The Originals Are Taking Over My Life

Right now I should be writing my report that’s due in soon but I decided getting to 200/2000 words today was good enough and also I can’t tear myself away from The Originals. I love TV, and I don’t love lightly. When I find a show that I love, I’m dedicated, I’m seeing it through to the end, and this is the latest show that I’ve come to love.

A few months ago I agreed to start watching The Vampire Diaries if my friend would start watching Grey’s Anatomy. Grey’s took over her life and she’s now a hardcore fan, which was my intention, obviously. I didn’t think I’d like TVD that much because vampire, werewolf etc shows have never really appealed to me but it’s good! I really like it. The Originals is its spin off show and in my opinion it’s better than TVD. I only started watching it 3 or 4 days ago maybe, and I’m well into the series, over half way through and still going. I’ve taken a brief break to write about my love for it then I’m straight back into it.

I just love Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah. I’ve heard that Claire Holt leaves later in the series which I’m pretty gutted about because Rebekah is so badass and amazing and I kinda wish I was her, without the immortal vampire stuff. I do wish her and Klaus could get on better, i.e Klaus would be nicer to her, because I’m all about sibling love. But I know it’s been renewed for a second season which is great. (Sidenote, as of yesterday all of the TV shows I watch have been renewed for the next season so I’m very happy!)

I can’t decide which one is my favourite because I like them all for different reasons. Klaus, I want to not like him but I can’t help but love him. I don’t know what it is about him. And he does have some moments where he’s a decent person. I like Elijah for being the “noble one”, as they always say, and he’s so dedicated to his family and for the most part he’s just a good guy. And as mentioned before, Rebekah is badass, so cool and she’s all about girl power, which is awesome. I love all the drama that goes on in the show, but I also love how funny it is, especially when the 3 siblings are all together.

I don’t know if what I’m going to write next counts as a spoiler but I’ll say just in case…

 

My only problem with The Originals is that Klaus and Caroline probably can’t ever be together for good because they’re on separate shows, and it hurts me a bit. I know they’ve slept together but I wanted them to get together properly, I’m a huge fan of theirs.

So after sharing with the world my new found love, I’m going get back to binge watching it because in the words of Miley Cyrus, I can’t stop and I won’t stop.

Love love love this photo! I got it from http://www.pinterest.com/pin/304485624777961335/