Anthoy CrockettCase Study on The Matrix and Robocop.

Case study on the Film The Matrix And Robocop


The two films I will be looking is The Matrix and Robocop. Both film is a Sci Fi type of that involved the topic on Artificial Intelligence and Merging man with machines. These film are over ten year old and the futuristic topic is not far of from where we are today and it is close to the topic I am researching with modern day science and technology to help the human race live longer close to immortal.

There will be a difference when I record my voice directly on the first film I with writing about is The Matrix. A film about waking up from a dream world, the Matrix, and into the real world. Where Artificial Intelligence rule over most of the earth and grow humans begins to keep the race alive. The humans in that time are hybrids. Their bodies are merged with machines making them walking power source. The can plug themselves into the Matrix, virtual reality world, to find those who are ready to be waking up in the real world. The Matrix is like a video game, made up of codes in a programmed and has the basic rules like in the real world, like the rules of gravity but the rules can be bent.

Many people has wrote about the film in a philosophical view on what the film is really about and its meanings. Some people believe it is saying how people create their reality in what they believe in. some people are willing to accept things on how they appear. Or waking up from the world you believe in that you thought to be true and finding it hard to accept the reality, like a child finding out Father Christmas is just an illusion that was created by the parents. This relate to Neo taking to red pill, waking up and Morpheus telling him what is the real world and Neo fights to not let go on what he thought to be real and true.

I find this film relating to what is happening now and what scientist is planning on doing in the future. People live their lives through computers, social network sites, online computer games and online shopping and more. We are very much a digital society creating a digital profile online. The same thing happens in The Matrix. They plug themselves into the Matrix and upload what ever the need in the Matrix.

Futurists and scientists are trying to extend human existence and often talks about the singularity where computers get better and better every six months and soon computers will be as smart as humans and even smarter. This will be Artificial Intelligence that scientist are aiming for. A Futurist Ray Kurzweil is the head runners on making this happen and also plans on using artificial intelligence robots to help humans to live longer by merging them with are bodies. Like in The Matrix the people are part human and part machine. Ray Kurzweil future robots called nanobots, will live inside are blood stream and do the same jobs as the white blood cells killing viruses. Also they will be able to scan are brains and create a digital copy of our brains with are memories. Nanobots will be able to send signals to are brains and transport are mind online and into a virtual world where we want to go. Just like in The Matrix.

There are questions around the beginning and start of the middle of the film asking what is real and not real. The truth or just an illusion. Are they really humans where they are in the Matrix or just code that we make sense of it being human. Will we still be human if we live in a virtual world constantly? Will we still be human merge our self with machines so we can live longer near enough internal.

I am going to do an experiment on what is real and what we make sense that is real. Lot of people use technology to get in contact with people like email, telephone and now video calls. We say we are talking to Bob on the phone when in fact we are talking to a digital replica of bob voice. We make sense of that digital copy of Bob voice. Does it mean because it sounds like him on the phone, it is actually him? Does it mean it look like him on the screen that it is actually him?

I am going to record my voice straight on a recorder and then record my voice talking through my phone on loudspeaker compare the difference in sound of my voice.

The next film I choose to study on is the 1987 classic film Robocop. A film about a Detroit officer that gets killed by a gang of criminals. He then gets brought back to life as a machine. He is programmed to fight crime of Detroit and bring more peace in the city. The officer name before death was Murphy. Doctors pronounce him dead in hospital and an innovative scientist take a chance to try out this new project to solve the high crime rate. He merged his dead body with a machine that will be near enough immortal. When Robocop first wake up he has no memories of his pass life. His brain has ben wiped clean. And all he knows is that he is programmed to arrest criminals of Detroit. He has no free will. His decision-making is restricted, he can’t make decisions that will go against what he is not programmed to do.

To be human, having free will is part of being human. Being able to choose what you want to do or not do. Choose to break the law or not. Some physicists, like Einstein, believe that we don’t really have free will. Albert Einstein believe that free will is just an illusion. What is going to happen in the future has already been preordained to happen if you look at the Newton’s laws of physics. However Hiesnberg put his principle of the uncertainty. So with free will we do have some sort of free will because there is always a possibility of uncertainty in what we are going to do. “No one can determine your future events given your past history,” Said Michio Kaku in a clip on You Tube called Why physics ends the Free Will debate.

Having some sort of free will make us human. Robocop has none. We see this at the near end of the film where Dick Jones, Head of OCB that runs the police force, is guilty of aiding and abetting and Robocop comes to bring him to justice. But Robocop is programmed to shut down if he is about to kill or arrest an member of the force. The human side of him has that free will to track him down and the compute system is the barrier to stop from completing his mission. Its is only when Dick Jones is fired and Robocop has access to shot him.

There still parts of Murphy inside of Robocop. Fragments of memories of his past life. He is able to access some of them and piece them together to get a picture what his was like. He has memories of his house, wife and son. In a scene where Robocop is with Murphy ex police partner, Officer Lewis, Robocop refer to Murphy in third person, after his partner said “it really nice to see you Murphy,” but Robocop replies “ Murphy had a wife and son, What happen to them,” like Murphy does not exist anymore. The personality of Murphy is gone. Just an emotionless machine is present. Robocop speak of human emotion by saying I can feel them but I can’t member them. I believe this is a mistake on the dialog on the actor part that wasn’t corrected. Previous we saw that Robocop has memories that was being played back of his wife and son in their house, so we know that he remembers them. I feel the correct line was or should have been, “I can remember them but I can’t feel them”. This will show that he is just an machine and has no human emotion. Never the less he did told his partner to leave him alone in a sense that he was feeling some sort of emotion to Murphy’s family.

Neuro Scientist believe that there no spiritual soul that drive the human body and give us our personality. Its are brain which contains memories and the knowledge that we gain in life that create our personality our uniqueness to others. And they believe that we will still be the same person if our brains were taking out and put into a machine. Some people believe we won’t be the same. In some cases with people with memory loss after an accident but manage to remember everything over time they take n a new personality to the ones they had before. Our memories and information in our heads, shapes our personality but I don’t think don’t think it creates our personality and our soul.

If we were to be part machines what restrictions will we have? I will expect that we will have something programmed to stop us from having our human free will. We be restricted mentally but how about physically? The human body can move in so many unique ways. Will we move in the same way if we are made out of metal? There are so many unclear answers to question and it seemed there’s a heavy price to becoming immortal. We saw the price Murphy had to pay to be still exist on earth.

I produce an Experiment on my voice seeing of recorder and when I spoke through the phone when the phone is on loudspeaker on the other end and recording it. I found that there is a big difference in my voice when I was on loudspeaker. The obvious difference was the volume and the clarity of my voice. The phone recreating the sound of my voice lost some parts of my voice. However it wasn’t a good experiment. I wanted to test my actual voice to a digital replica of my voice. What I did was tested a digital replica of my voice to a replica of a replica of my voice but I and I’m sure other people will make sense of the voice that it is me when it is not.



The Matrix 1999

Directed by the Wachowski brothers, Written by Andy and Lana Wachoski


Robocop 1987

Directed by Paul Verhoeven, Written by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner

Michio Kaku: Why Physics Ends the Free Will Debate

As Humans and Computers Merge… Immortality?

Ray Kurzweil On Immortality

Aubrey De Grey – Technological Singularity fact or fiction?

Michio Kaku: The Intelligence Revolution

Human Enhancement


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