La Jornada – Science fiction seems more and more like everyday life

Clara, a “prosthetic friend” programmed to care for children, is the narrator and heroine of Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel, the first to be published after receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. This solar powered robot is the literary tool for deep reflection on the essence of the human being.

“I think it is a good time to read Ishiguro and his novel Clara and the sunAbout an artificial intelligence robot, “prompted Andres Ortega, curator of the exhibition We, Robotics, presented by Universum, Las Sensias Museum. He described the literary work published by Anagrama in Spanish” It is wonderful “and which begins to circulate tomorrow in Mexican libraries, at a time Science fiction has become increasingly like everyday life.

Clara spends her days locked in a store window. While you wait, look outside and observe the behavior outside the glass. Ishiguro plays with science fiction by presenting an artificial being that poses very human questions: What defines us as people? What is our role in the world? what is love?

Anagrama describes “the dazzling novel” as a “mythical force” that once again impresses us and addresses the deep issues that few contemporary narrators dare to confront.

Andres Ortega, the Spanish writer and analyst, also referred to the troubling valley theory, in which the Japanese professor Masahiro Mori suggested 50 years ago that robots should not be much like humans, “because they cause us a lot of anxiety because they remind us of death and that they will take our jobs.”

And he’s talking about another Ishiguro, named Iroshi, who recently launched himself upon creating his Erica robot in Japan to the exact opposite spectrum of Mori’s postulate. The human side is very realistic, as the brain does not know if it is facing gravity or if it is obnoxious. He not only achieved a breakthrough in his looks and movement, but also in the level of his speech.

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In the words of the moderator: This is an evolution in the field of empathy and emotions, “It tells us that these humans need them to know ourselves, because brain science is not giving us enough.”

In the field of letters, the word robot was born a century ago: in 1920, the Czech writer Karel Kabek made his play debut in Prague. RUR (Rossum International for Robotics). Here it gives its name to those beings that were responsible for doing the arduous and unpleasant work that humans did not want to do. The word robota of Slavic origin denotes “forced labor” or the term slave.

It is one of the data that is disclosed when visiting the exhibition We are robotsIt tells among the scientific knowledge the dreams of man, expressed in literature, cinema, television, music and art. For example, The Verses of Leonardo Da Vinci, The Frankenstein Monster by Mary Shelley in 1818, The Stories of Isaac Asimov in I, The Robot (1950), and the famous Three Laws of Robotics and the Bicentennial (1976). Of course, in cinema the big mark behind the movie Metropolis.

“It is a reality today that robots are everywhere. We spend most of our day interacting with them to make our lives easier and it is difficult to imagine a world without them. However, robots weren’t always there.”

Coordinator recalls, “We have to ensure that robots are at our service, not the other way around, with robots that allow us to replace ourselves not only in strenuous tasks, where we cannot do things ourselves, whether out of necessity, force, dexterity, accuracy, speed or distance. They know how to process how we think and feel. Humans must learn to cooperate with our robots. Whoever does not do this will be excluded. “

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