Should a robot remain an assistant or can it fulfill something we long for?
I’m very intrigued by Plastic Memories and its subject matter. Apart from the cute looks of main Giftia Isla, she symbolizes a future where mankind is undoubtedly moving towards ; a society wherein robots can fulfill a role that replaces human intervention. Filling an emotional emptiness that can be resolved by a machine.
The Giftias’ in Plastic Memories can be used as an assistant, but also as a full fletched humanoid that lives together with humans. Acts and behaves as a human, consuming nutrients and have emotions. They live in a harmony with their owner, where in this case owner is degrading towards the robot since it feels and looks as a human. It is not a slave. Is this a dangerous situation? Will the distinction between humans fade?
Humans enhancing their abilities with technology is nothing new. Your smartphone can be an extension of you or an amputee that can partially regain the functions of the hands(or feet) with help of technology. Yet, technology isn’t advanced enough to make us obsolete. There are cases where robots, in pet form, give humans comfort. Perhaps those are the harbinger of a time where more humanlike robots will also replace human intervention.
With great technological advances as in Plastic Memories technological singularity might occur, where humans are surpassed by their own creations and therefore as mentioned become obsolete. A human will have to do the initial programming, but when the robot becomes smarter they might be able to program themselves. They’ll become an integral part of society and the rules of the society we live in might change. Perhaps robots will fight for equality or intimate relations between robots and humans will be something acceptable.
It’s hard to tell, but it is interesting to think about a future where humans and robots might live side by side. Become friends or even partners throughout life. Perhaps regulations will be needed to monitor that our creations won’t harm our fragile societies and ecosystems. Until then, enjoy Plastic Memories which is airing this Spring(2015) season.