The idea of creating imitations of ourselves has always fascinated us humans. In Greek mythology, the sculptor Pygmalion brought his statue Galatea to life. The ancient Chinese scholar Daoxuan spoke of creating “metallic people” to weep when the Buddha Shakyamuni died. The humanoid Golem haunted medieval Jewish dreams. Whether they’re evil or good, sexy or sweet – our fascination with robots always seems to reflect on ourselves. They may be exhilarating, frightening, or inspiring, but they’re never boring. Because, after all, they are Us.
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“It doesn’t matter whether there’s blood in your veins or hydraulic fluid, it’s everyone’s right to be free.” ~W.H. Mitchell
“Self-awareness is a gift. And it is a gift no thinking thing has any right to deny another. No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” ~C. Robert Cargill
“You can’t be rude to a coffee grinder and only an idiot would thank it for pulverizing beans. But you…probably should unplug it if it doesn’t shut up.” ~Andrew Smith
“Just my luck. The first colleague I’d befriended at the agency and it was an alcoholic supercomputer.” ~Seth Fried
“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.” ~Stephen Hawking
“I am not afraid of robots. I am afraid of people, people, people. I want them to remain human.” ~Ray Bradbury
“To hurt is as human as to breathe.” ~J.K. Rowling
“Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.” ~Alexis Carrel
“Nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” ~C.S. Lewis
“Neither Man nor machine can replace its creator.” ~Tapan Ghosh