Bicentennial Man

Herbert Marcuse says,“The power of the machine is the stored up and projected energy of man.”Then I come up with a question, what kind of energy, like infinity? It soon reminds me of an old movie – Bicentennial Man. I watched it when I was 12 years old. A robot named Andrew is introduced in 2005 into a family home to perform housekeeping and maintenance duties. The family’s reactions range from acceptance and curiosity to outright rejection and deliberate vandalism by their surly older daughter, which leads to the discovery that Andrew can both identify emotions and reciprocate in kind. Different from other robots, Andrew can develop and keep educating himself in the humanities. He has a sense of humor, and even knows about love between people. It was long ago and I just can remember how he lived immortally and kept developing his value to life. He lived for two hundred years and finally the world has officially recognized him as human.

This fiction film shows the desire that human want machine to be as powerful as human, which is paradoxical because human’s brains are much more complex than robots which are invented by human. However, we can see this paradox as the beauty of machine for its infinite possibility because we are talking about the future.