All throughout this volume of "Pluto" we're constantly faced with what exactly it means to be "human". The robots are constantly encouraged to act more like humans through small actions like drinking tea and there are many robots in the story that look and act exactly like humans. However, we're faced with this dilemma of a possible human going around and killing peaceful robots who are respected and loved by all of humanity. We're also shown characters who think lowly of robots and think of them as inferior and even junk. In light of this, we're forced to wonder whether these robots are more human than actual humans are, as they certainly seem to be more good than humans.
Many in this world, however, seem to treat robots equally as humans. The police officers are more put out by the fact that Gesicht is from Europol than the fact that he's a robot. Robby's partner remembers him as his partner rather than just a patrolbot. It seems to help that modern day robots look and act and think like humans.
As a side note, I know this is a reimagining of Astro Boy, hence the appearance of Atom at the end, but I love how Blackjack made his way into the story too.
Discussion Question: Do the robots seem more like robots or like humans?
I think robots seem to be more like humans, but programmed humans. First of all, they were made by humans so their behavior are ultimately copies of human behavior. No matter if its drinking tea, feeling compassion, emotions and sense of family, everything to me are just programmed or copied from a human or multiple humans. I don't think robots can develop their own mind because they are made by humans so to a degree, robots can only mimic humans at best but they can also be the "ideal/perfect" type of humans. Where humans are always flawed somewhere, but robots can carry all the "perfect" traits of human.
Post by Teng Lai Chang on Nov 20, 2015 7:20:24 GMT
I think robots are just like humans. Humans are such amazing creatures that they are capable of creating (and destroying) lite, technology, machines, etc. just like how robots are powerful in strength and agility, which enables them to protect life, but also destroy life at the same time. In addition, humans are flawed and imperfect in that there are things that humans will never be able to do (fly) and things that they are limited to and can never achieve or obtain (immortality). This is similar to the robots in that they are flawed as well because they will never be able to escape from their fate of being a robot and become a "human." No matter how programmed they are to feel, look, act, and be like humans, they are always different and will always be lacking something that will make them human.