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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Are Your Circuits Offended?

I just came across this fantastic old Sci Fi flick, "The Creation of the Humanoids" on S. F. Signal. It was directed by Wesley E. Barry in 1962 and stars Don Megowan, Erica Elliot, Don Doolittle, George Milan, Dudley Manlove, and Frances McCann. The film is based on Jack Williamson's novel The Humanoids.

Not only is it an entertaining watch, packed full of old sixties aesthetics, charm and quirk, but, like Bladerunner and so many other Sci Fi stories, it explores the unanswerable question, "What defines us has humans?"

Is Mankind simply a state of mind?

Dreams from a Petrified Head's character, Amanda Sage, rallies against a dehumanization or a loss of the human soul that burgeons as the human race becomes more and more robotic serving as devil's advocate against all those who push for it.

Perhaps the pendulum could swing too far if Transhumanism pushes it too hard.

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