Three of the undead astronaut team decided to make a grand excursion to the rave multimedia complex to watch the recently released Michael Bay epic ‘Transformers 2′, an elegant, comprehensive addendum to Bay’s earlier masterpiece simply known as ‘Transformers’. The work opened with a giant transformer wreaking havoc on the city of Shanghai. I hope one day we will be able to do something similar, in the metaphoric sense at least.
I thought the film raised a few important philosophical questions. First, is it possible for machines to possess consciousness? In the film there are various metallic shards storing incredible amounts of energy that have the power to resurrect transformers out of commission, as well as convert everyday appliances into smaller bots with consciousnesses. Are we approaching the day when we can create consciousness out of nothing, when the essence of life will in fact be a man-made commodity? What is the future of mankind anyway?
Many cartoons from my childhood suggests that we are likely to become cyborgs. Perhaps this process has already begun for some of us, just not to the degree of obviousness depicted in certain works of fiction…
Actually, I don’t think the film contained any other questions of philosophical persuasion, besides ‘why are two models so in love with Shia Lebouf in the film?’, and ‘why aren’t there any asian main characters in a robot movie?’