Artificial Intelligence and Frankenstein

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Artificial intelligence. A part of the future, the near future and new technology. Like building a creature there is lots of time and intelligence that goes into the building process. Artificial intelligence is getting more and more human like all the time, it is continuously getting smarter, and some people fear one day it could take over the world.

Frankenstein although not a human is very human like. Even though he isn’t as smart as humans, he can still walk and talk like one. Robots are very much the same. Computers and robots can sometimes walk, think and even talk. They are built, not born, the same as Frankenstein.

Although the creature doesn’t have the same brain as a regular human he keeps getting smarter. He’s like a growing child, having demands and negotiations. An example is when he asks for another creature to be built. That is his main request. When this request is not fulfilled he wants revenge and goes after Victors family. He continually gets smarter from the moment he become living to the end of the book.

Much like in the novel, when the creature takes over, people fear that could happen to our world with technology and computers. Technology is getting more intelligent, although computers do not have “brains” they are extremely smart. This being said, making their own code or language wouldn’t be super difficult. As for in the novel, when the monster starts killing people, that was him taking over. People were afraid and the same thing could happen in our world today but instead of a monster, technology.

Since technology is so easy to hack and it is only getting more intelligent it’s no stretch that this could happen in our reality. Our world can quickly turn into something like this novel. I find this book and topic very related. It’s quite scary to think this could happen in our society like it did based in this novel.

Works cited:

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.

Frankenstein and Bad Parenting

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Blog Two:

Victor Frankenstein is the creator of the nameless creature in the book Frankenstein. Victor is an extremely intelligent and ambitious man, who kind of portrays god in this novel. He creates life without birth. Although this is genius, he isn’t to smart in the way of nurturing his creation. In modern days this would have been titled as bad parenting. He neglected his creation, he didn’t treat him as a human, and in the end he tried to kill him.

As mentioned above, Victor is genius, not in the way of raising a child though. He neglects his creation. This creature is like a new baby in the world, he doesn’t know anything. He needs to be taught what he is, morals and values, and about the world and other people. The topic of bad parenting connects to Frankenstein because this would be considered bad parenting, some parents neglect and abandon their children. They don’t feed them, nurture them, or teach them proper ethic. Victor was a horrible ‘parent to’ his creation.

Although the creature isn’t human, he should still be treated as one. He should’ve been loved as a child would have been loved. Even though he is different from everybody else he still needs attention. Being treated differently or unfairly can do terrible things to a person, and because the creature was judged so harshly it did terrible things to him. He lashed out just as a regular person would. Victor saw this judgment happening and was judging the creature himself. Instead of loving the creature he mistreated him.

When the creature finally lashed out, he went after Victors family. Victor loves his family, you would think his creation would be classified as family too. When this happens he tries to kill his creation, this is like killing a member of his family. Sometimes families don’t get along with certain members and that seems to be like Victor and the creature.

In the end, the monster is just trying to get attention from his ‘father’. He wants to be loved and taught what he is, and he wants someone like him. Victor turning down all his offers makes him mad. This is all connected into bad parenting. Good parents and families take care of their children, teach them what they are and what they need to do in the world, and show them love with the occasional tough love. But parents usually don’t try to kill their children, no matter how bad they are or how much they act out.

Works cited:

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.

 

First Impression of Frankenstein

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My first impression of the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was that it was not going to be enjoyable. Not only does the book use lots of vocabulary from a higher level, it also isn’t the same story you’re used to hearing. When I was young and heard about the monster Frankenstein, it was the big scary green monster. So I still think of that children’s story while I read. My biggest reason for not finding this book enjoyable is a personal reason, that is I don’t like reading.

Within the first few pages I knew I wasn’t going to like this book. This is because all of the sentences were very wordy. The first sentence of letter one is an example, “you will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings” (Shelley 10). In letter one there were many sentences full of words from higher vocabulary. I often times have to look up the definition of a word, such as “forebodings” which in definition means an omen, prediction, or presentiment especially of coming evil. As the book goes on the words continue to get more challenging. Although it’s irritating having to look up these definitions, it is good for your learning. It challenges what you already know and helps you learn even more.

Also, the plot is not the same as the horror story from your childhood. This isn’t like the scary monster you knew; this is a very well written story about a man named Victor Frankenstein. I much prefer the scary story from when I was young. This book isn’t all bad though, for someone that likes reading I’m sure it would be interesting because it has a good plot. I also like that this is a frame story. It interests me because then you have to pay attention through the whole book, and then put it together in the end. Usually when I read a book, I skim over parts but as mentioned you cannot do that with this book. If you skim over a chapter or even a page you will be lost.

Due to the fact that I do not like to read, I could be biased when I say I don’t like the book. It could just be because I don’t like reading. I’m sure if you like to read you would enjoy the book a lot more, as most sites review the book with a 4.3/5 stars.

In conclusion, if you like to read and you find gothic novels interesting this would be a great choice for you.

Works cited:

“Foreboding.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, wee.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foreboding.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.