Phillip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Movie The Matrix

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Phillip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Movie The Matrix

What role will computers play in the future? What happens when artificial intelligence gets to the point of actually allowing machines to give birth to original thoughts, or suppose artificial intelligence became identical or superior to human intelligence? While attempting to answer these thought-provoking questions deeper questions arise that are more pertinent in our lives such as what defines being human, or as Morpheous says, “What is…real?” The Matrix as well as the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Phillip K. Dick, attempt to answer these questions through different matrices. These matrices are implemented into stories to provoke thought
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In The Matrix the robots create a virtual reality for the mind of human beings so that the human race will remain oblivious to the reality that machines not only exist, but have enslaved nearly the entire human population. In Dick’s novel the humans develop a system through law enforcement agencies to control the androids so that people recognize the difference between humans and androids. In the movie the machines develop the system and are the totalitarian party, and in the novel the humans develop the system and have the control. Another example of the differences in the matrices of the movie and the novel is, how the main protagonists play a role within their respective story. Rick Deckard the hero, or “the one”, in Dick’s novel has a goal of maintaining the control of the androids. By conducting empathy tests on androids, Deckard is able to determine if they are human. If the suspected androids are not human they are “retired”. Deckard’s goal, at least through the beginning of the novel is to maintain the matrix or system of keeping androids and humans separate so that people would be unaware of the truth. In The Matrix, Neo tries to free the human race from the control of the robots. His entire objective is not to preserve the matrix or conceal the truth, but rather to destroy it so that everyone can see the reality of what is actually happening. These matrices described have many differences; however the majority of matrices that exist

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