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BJ'S BLOG 01/06/14 "'Almost Human" and Roomba Vacs"
by BJ Shea,posted Jan 6 2014 7:32AM
Today's blog comes from one of my mentors, Dan Sanders:
I watched a TV show last night for the first time, and no, as some of my closer friends may giggle, not for the first time in my life. In fact, there was a time when I could easily spend hours watching every bad B-horror flick to be seen.
Last night I watched “Almost Human." If you haven’t seen it, you aren’t missing much. It of course has the usual good vs. evil plot, but what show doesn’t? When you think about it, life itself would probably not exist without the good-bad conflict. Let us start with what I didn’t like about “Almost Human,” which is what I don’t like about many movies and TV shows—gratuitous and grotesque violence. In this particular episode, they felt the need to show a man captured by “the syndicate,” AKA the bad guys, locked in a bullet-proof glass box, booby trapped to only perform its evil function after the agents, AKA the good guys, get there so they can watch the poor guy implode against the glass. Why? They spent 5 minutes of the show getting to the building, 5 minutes of the show running through the building, and then a couple of minutes realizing they couldn’t save the guy, and then: Boom - pumpkin head. I’m sure someone somewhere was saying “Wait, just wait until you see this part.”
What I did like, and what is more plausible than many of us may think, is that one of the agents who was injured in a big shootout type thing and lost a leg and other body parts apparently, awakens after a 17-month coma with no memory, but with new body parts, a leg for one thing, and is introduced to Dorian, a discontinued android with unexpected emotional responses. The unexpected emotional responses occurred as Dorian was being created to be an android with some human elements, but something went wrong and he got too much human plasticonoband plasma stuff or whatever they call it, and his quirks are that he feels too much. He is too close to human.
I may never watch this show again, but it did show that computers are getting more human, and humans are getting less so. I have to wonder who will be in command in the year 2048, which is the time period for this show? After all, how many of us would be totally lost without our iPads, cellphones, cars, TVs, house alarms, and so on?
The idea of “singularity” and Roomba vacuums are in today’s podcast. Give a listen.