What Makes A Human Being Human? Essay

961 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
In the movie I, Robot we are introduced to a long debated philosophical question: “What makes a human being human?”. Is the essence of mankind the fact that we are biologically unique among the myriad of different species on this planet? Is it the fact that we seem to have transcended our baser needs in order to try and make the world fit us as opposed to us fitting into the world around us? Is it perhaps that we have what people would call a “soul”? Or is it possibly that we were said to have either evolved from our animal counterparts, the primates, in order to be what we consider better? Whichever question that we would see as the reasoning behind what makes us human, this movie seems to try and follow to reach a conclusive ending in the minds of the people who are watching it.
In this movie, we are introduced to a robot named Sunny who was created by one of the original founders, Dr. Lanning, of the robotics that the entire world seems dependent upon in this futuristic world. This particular robot seems to be able to flaunt the laws that have governed robots since their inception. These laws were put into place to make sure that the robots would never be able to have the ability to harm a human being. There are three laws and they are: “Law one: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Law two: A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders conflict with the first law. Law three: A…

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