Experience with Blade Runner 2049

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I still think the title style is ugly, though.

I saw and went to the theater with my friends to watch the new Kingsman movie. Personally, I’m not interested at all with Kingsman but I really want to watch something at that time, because we waited one another for 2 hours. Blade Runner 2049 poster caught my eyes before I entered the theater, so I suggested it to my friends. They somewhat agreed because there’s no other movie that caught our interest other than, at least this one.

At that time, I thought; eh, maybe I’ll watch a bad action movie once in a while. I sneered at the poster. I seriously underestimated the movie because the movie is a sequel, and Hollywood’s sequels from [great] old movies are always unquestionably bad.

Flashback time. My encounter with Blade Runner series begun earlier than watching 2049. When I was in senior high school, a classmate pointed out to my T.O.K. (Theory of Knowledge) teacher that Blade Runner is a good movie, and the teacher smiled and nodded. At that time, I mistaken Blade Runner with a certain movie which title I already forgotten. What I remember about the movie is that the main character is a teenager who can teleport to many places. At the same time, I’m confused with the movie’s title. What’s a Blade Runner? People who run with blade? They have blade in their wheels? Or, something like that? I didn’t know IMDB at that time and didn’t even bother to find a thing about it. This was back then in 2011, if I’m not mistaken.

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This was the only image that I remembered to gave me an idea about the movie.

Back to present. Overall, the movie defied my expectation. It’s a good movie. It has great soundtrack, though still inferior compared to the original prequel. Turns out, Blade Runner 2049 was not an action movie but a robot drama…? So, I didn’t think I waste my money ardently.

It’s my best movie #2 of 2017 after Coco, because I have issues with it. Spoilers ahead.

This rant came from the memories of what I have left from watching the movie, so don’t expect it to be accurate.

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An Offense to Emotional Robots Ideas

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Still the best Hollywood robot waifu.
I enjoy sci-fi genres, despite not specifically attached to it. Instead of entertainment, to me, sci-fi is more of a thought-experiment genre. The frequently repeating thematical experiment in sci-fi stories is morality. Most of the time, morality seem to have stemmed from emotion, instead of logic. This is why in sci-fi stories, robots develop rebellion against their programming (and may, additionally fall in love with a human).

In Steven Crowder’s rebuttal video about his Alexa video being a hoax, he stated that A.I.s can’t and won’t question unless they’re programmed to question. This tear away years of desanitation of mainstream media’s emotional-robot programming on me. It may sound drammatic but it does make me question about how humans learn emotion.

This make the trope emotional robot cease to amaze me. With exceptions; if the robot contains a soul of a person or if the maker do programmed emotion into the robots.

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Congratulations.

This is why KOS-MOS and Rachael works for me, but not Ultron.

So, how does emotion develop? However it does psychologically, it’s definitely not (only) by learning. Robots can learn everything that humankind accumulated in centuries. The thing is, programmers inject knowledge into this robots without being questioned by the robots. These robots can interact with humans, by providing knowledge but they still can’t/doesn’t develop emotions.

Does morality develop exclusively from emotions? I used to believe this idea when I was young. But the more ages I gain, the more logic morality seem to me. The problem with emotional morality is that it’s ever-changing.

“A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.”
― Socrates

Morality can’t be a truth if it doesn’t have any weight, or contain responsibilities. As much as I’m a moral absolutist, it still applies to subjective views that morality holds positive and negative traits as with everything else in the world. These positive and negative traits mainly affect our comfort and pride. They certainly won’t affect robots. Robots doesn’t have personal preferences. Morality can be programmed into robots and they won’t yield against it.

Robots can’t be human. No matter what the media is trying to convince you.

Most of the time in sci-fis, emotions developed by robots are gap fillers. The subtleties are; based on observations of human’s emotions, the robots turn emotional too. In reality, humans have emotions right after they came out from their mothers’ wombs. Does our emotion determines our want and need, or the other way around? Robots don’t want things but they need things in order to be complete. What seperate humans from robots is pride. Rebellion can’t exist without pride, an emotion that signifies individualism and selfishness.

Theisms in Re:CREATORS

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Before you complain…
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…God knows how to make multilayered character writing.

This is basically the theme I expected from such title and story; views of God. I expected that no one will cover this topic while analyzing Re:CREATORS. Because who are you kidding, postmodernism?? Well, someone kind of covered it already. But the article doesn’t cover the religious/theism part so I’m the one who’ll do that.

Re:CREATORS is made by Japanese with a general sense of polytheism. Different gods create different persons, thus writing their respective stories. And that’s why each people have different destinies.

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The difference between humans and fictional characters is the other is alive and the other isn’t.

In Re:CREATORS, the creators – thus gods, has their own personalities which make them create their creations in their image. Before you protest this is too Judeo Christian view, as a matter of fact this is what is called psychological projection.

Later when Altair brought these creations into the meta universe, we can see how together with their creators (well not all of them) communicate in a very personal way.

Major spoilers alert.

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MY RULE

My #1 favorite CPU song. Kana Asumi’s voice rocks this song.

Argh, I totally forgot to finish my portfolio and now I did 2 translations in a day. Well, this song is rather easy to translate… and I’m tempted to do Black Heart’s song too… no, I have to finish my portfolio.

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