Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Essay

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It has been said that God created man in His own image. Whether this statement is true or not has had no bearing on the desires of mankind to do as God supposedly did, and create a being in its likeness. Ancient Jewish legends tell stories of constructs, known as golems, that were made of worked dirt or mud and brought to life with magic, and would obey any command to the letter (Kopelman Foundation). As mankind turned from the arcane and began to embrace science, so too did the focus of such stories. However, the concept remained remarkably similar. A woman by the name of Mary Shelley wrote an almost universally famous novel by the title of . In it, she tells the tale of a young man named Doctor Victor Frankenstein who, obsessed with …show more content…
The term “Artificial Intelligence” was actually coined by Doctor John McCarthy, a prominent professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, in 1956 (Skillings). However, in a lecture given to the 51 Society in 1951 titled “Intelligent Machinery, a Heretical Theory,” Alan Turing defined the concept that the phrase came to represent (Turing, Intelligent machinery, a heretical theory). In that lecture, Turing described a machine capable of learning as a human child would, requiring a schoolmaster to teach it. While it was not being taught by the schoolmaster, the machine would spend its time playing games, such as chess and go, in order to develop its logic and problem-solving skills. The machine would accomplish this by storing previous lessons and playthroughs in memory, and indexing them for future analysis. The more games it played, the more data in memory it would have to compare to the current situation and assist it in determining the appropriate course of action. The purpose of this would be to develop the machine’s logic to such a point that it could analyze a problem or question, and come up with the best possible answer with the same intuition and creativity that a human would possess, but without the human rate of error. Turing also predicted that, in the long run, this would be a perilous development, as the machines would eventually become more intelligent than humans and turn to communicating with each other to sharpen their intellect

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