Frankenstein- Artificial Life

October 31, 2010

Frankenstein is a novel that conveys the idea of artificial life.  For the monster Victor has created is not a product of nature but a product of man.  Science was used in reanimating the dead in order to create a being assembled from the parts of other human beings.  Although he is not named Frankenstein, the monster has been labeled “Frankenstein” because he is formed from Victor Frankenstein, partially taking from his identity. What is Frankenstein? He is a perpetual machine composed from dead organs of humans harvested from a graveyard.  Unlike any form of machinery in our age, Frankenstein does not need a power source, he does not need a generator, a battery or any other form of stored energy in order to function.

Machines in our world are controlled by human users, or computers with human instruction. On the other hand Frankenstein’s existence parallels human existence, in the manner that he exists as an individual with no controller.  Though it may seem frightening to have machines in our world that have individual and artificial intelligence Frankenstein is not a creature created by God but by Victor.  Does this imply that man is using technology which is corrupt and forbidden?  Think about cloning and stem-cell research and analyze whether it is a forbidden creation because of the way society views it or because we cannot agree on what is ethical regarding bioengineering.

Victor reminds me of Prospero who spent a lot of time locked away in isolation focusing on studies.  While Prospero used his technology of books to harness the powers of magic, Victor uses his technology of science to create a self operating machine.  People feared this monster because of his grotesque appearance and called him a monster.  People fear what they do not know.

Since today is Halloween I’m sure many of us will see little representations of Frankenstein’s monster walking the streets in the form of Halloween costumes.  As you observe the children wearing these costumes think not only of the holiday of Halloween but imagine them as a representation of an incomplete technology.  Man has not mastered creating artificial life which can function outside of human dependence. While children today do not know it, these children are representing a monster which is not only a fictional character of the Halloween spirit but a symbol for a forbidden technology which may possibly come true one day. The scariest part of Frankenstein in my opinion is that he is a machine with no controller. One day we may have machines with no dependence on our actions

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