Is Artificial Intelligence displayed in Science Fiction a Utopia or Dystopia?

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This research project focuses on the different scenarios of dystopia and utopian societies for Artificial Intelligence in science fiction and how it relates back to the real world. As our technology in our world is getting more advanced as time goes on, Artificial Intelligence is something that has been discussed in the past decades and will be discussed going forward. There are many films and books in science fiction that display the different ways of how AI’s can be interrogated in our world either it’s for the good or the bad. There have been science fiction books about AI’s dated back in the 50’s, and every decade after that, the idea of AI being part of our world deepens. 

Artificial Intelligence in the scope of science fiction shows how great and fascinating it would be for humans to live in a world with robots and other forms of Artificial Intelligence but science fiction also shows how AI’s can be harmful and a disaster for society. Looking back at these films and books about science fiction, it is important to draw back to the real world and see how both connect. AI has been a form of science fiction and still is but as time goes on, it can be a concern and though weather such things we see in movies like Transformers and Terminator can be our reality.

Issac Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics consist of robots not harming a human being in any way, obey human demands, and not to hurt itself. Asimov embodied these laws in the movie, I, Robot, and other short stories. These laws are used to enable robots to live in utopian society as robots live peacefully with humans but looking at I, Robot, there can be a scenario where a robot doesn’t function the way it is expected to. Even though these 3 laws of robotics symbolizes a robot’s involvement in the society of science fiction, Asimov shows in his stories how the laws can be broken. In the real world, we have laws that we have to follow and not everyone does obey those laws. We see a similar trend with the 3 laws of robotics. 

World Building in Science Fiction

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This paper discusses the various implications that world-building in science fiction has on society. The paper will question the importance of science fiction and how its existence can address major issues and bring them into public eyes. The various examples relate back to the overlying claim that science fiction has the power to stimulate discussion of major issues. This ranges from race and gender to the ethics of artificial intelligence. This paper will quote famous science fiction writers and connect how then and now, the thought process of science fiction has not changed.

The research goes into detail about how science fiction in various sub-genres of science fiction has brought up major issues. In Star Trek, they have the first on-screen interracial kiss and for the time period, this was unheard of and is one of the many examples of how major issues that were frowned upon are now being talked about. Overall the research shows the various implications of world-building like in Star Trek and how it can be a platform for radical change. It can be seen that science fiction isn’t the answer to all problems, but a way to scope out various possibilities and talk about what was never talked about in public.