“My Robot Friend”, a disturbing film

“My Robot Friend”, a disturbing film
“My Robot Friend”, a disturbing film

Since the reviews were good, I went to see the animated film Robot Dreams with my family. Its message rather worried me, because we realize that robots have feelings and empathy. I am surprised that the former Régie du cinéma (now invisible within the Ministry of Culture and Communications) did not ban this film for children under 13.

Two or three years ago, I wouldn’t have seen a problem with this, but at a time when some of the brightest minds on the planet are warning politicians about the possible excesses of artificial intelligence, is it wise to let viewers, especially very young ones, believe that a robot can replace a friend?

You will retort: ​​”But come on, humans are replaced by animals in this film.” True, but anthropomorphism is as old as the world (talk to Jean de La Fontaine) and there is nothing to fear from animals. It is quite different from the robots that our brilliant sorcerer’s apprentices will tinker with for us in the coming decades.

Is it plausible that the android Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) spares Rick Deckard’s (Harrison Ford) life in Blade Runner (1982) and thus shows his humanity? A machine, no matter how sophisticated, is still a machine.

Earlier this year, a Glow user told Agence France-Presse in Beijing: “I hope to have a humanoid robot friend that runs on artificial intelligence. I can feel its body heat, which it uses to warm me up.” A friend like the robot in My Robot Friend?

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Since the reviews were good, I went to see the animated film Robot Dreams with my family. Its message rather worried me, because we realize that robots have feelings and empathy. I am surprised that the former Régie du cinéma (now invisible within the Ministry of Culture and Communications) did not ban this film for…

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