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Thoughts Regarding Updated Robocop

The updated Robocop film does a superb job bringing attention to the ethical implications of robot and drone warfare.

If one was required to show one’s hands to the robots in order to be categorized as non-threatening, since the movie was already saltier than it needed to be in terms of profanity, someone should have given the droids the finger.

Samuel Jackson is amusing in his spoof of Bill O’Reilly.

The scene where the senator was kicked off the “Novak Element” was quite reminiscent of the Fox News pundit interrupting guests he doesn’t agree with.

Despite the relevancy of the underlying ethical conflict, the film wasn’t necessarily an improvement over the 1980′s version in all respects.

The more mechanized voice of the title character in the original and Murphy having done to him whatever his corporate masters wanted without any notion of consent on the part of his family since he was “dead” in eyes of the law and thus without any rights was a more dramatic portrayal of the threats posed to fundamental assumptions of humanity by radical cybernetic life extension technologies allowed to get out of control.

by Frederick Meekins

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