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19th Feb '18 6:16:24 AM RedScharlach
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* In a ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'' comic appropriately titled "Do Consoles Dream of Electric Sheep?", the title brothers attempt to create a video game system with an AI that rivals the (then) new UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}. The result was a sentient video game console who questions the visions it sees (including a SuperMarioBros game) and it's purpose. Realizing they probably overdid the A.I., the brothers remove its power and go back to the drawing board.

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* In a ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'' comic appropriately titled "Do Consoles Dream of Electric Sheep?", the title brothers attempt to create a video game system with an AI that rivals the (then) new UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}. The result was a sentient video game console who questions the visions it sees (including a SuperMarioBros game) and it's its purpose. Realizing they probably overdid the A.I., the brothers remove its power and go back to the drawing board.



* OlderThanRadio: The creature in ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' is constructed from undescribed process and given life by the scientist Victor Frankenstein. He is described as having a monstrous appearance but is presented as an extremely intelligent, gentle and sympathetic character until driven to insane rage by his rejection from humanity because of his appearance. On the other hand [[IAmNotShazam Dr. Frankenstein]] himself is portrayed as morally questionable but his basic humanity is never questioned by those around him because of his normal appearance.

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* OlderThanRadio: The creature in ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' is constructed from undescribed process processes and given life by the scientist Victor Frankenstein. He is described as having a monstrous appearance but is presented as an extremely intelligent, gentle and sympathetic character until driven to insane rage by his rejection from humanity because of his appearance. On the other hand [[IAmNotShazam Dr. Frankenstein]] himself is portrayed as morally questionable but his basic humanity is never questioned by those around him because of his normal appearance.



** The legal conclusion is that [[spoiler:while the duplicates may or may not be people, they can't replace the originals, since no person can sign away their rights to another. Even worse, it'd held that (due to US law in the book's future) the original is considered to have died ''at the moment of the mind scan.'' However, if the narration is to be taken at face value ([[FirstPersonNarration which it may not be]]), then the book's argument is that the duplicates ''should'' replace the originals, because they're a SuperiorSpecies. This is ... disturbing, particularly since the motivation of the original version of the main character wanting to take his like back was tainted by his becoming violent due to the mental imbalance caused by his brain disorder.]]

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** The legal conclusion is that [[spoiler:while the duplicates may or may not be people, they can't replace the originals, since no person can sign away their rights to another. Even worse, it'd held that (due to US law in the book's future) the original is considered to have died ''at the moment of the mind scan.'' However, if the narration is to be taken at face value ([[FirstPersonNarration which it may not be]]), then the book's argument is that the duplicates ''should'' replace the originals, because they're a SuperiorSpecies. This is ... disturbing, particularly since the motivation of the original version of the main character wanting to take his like life back was tainted by his becoming violent due to the mental imbalance caused by his brain disorder.]]



* Narrator Anika From Bremen really breaks it in the First Book of ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'', G-Net AIs are Self-Aware Network capable of human-like intelligence, but true intelligence being complicated, their software needs to be grown over long periods of time. Once a day, a G-Net must enter sleep mode and start cleaning all the data gathered throughout the day, if they don't do this they will devolve into a "turnkey mouse" and eventually disconnect from their Virtual Real Space. Dreams are described as a DebugRoom, with the right side taking care of graphical glitches and the left side mechanical glitches. This reflects human anatomy where the right hemisphere is a world of pure context with content flowing in, and the left hemisphere a world of pure content with context flowing in. As brain structures are turned on and off during sleep, the content becomes seemingly randomized, but it is really a clever way to cross check a single block of data against all its possible function and vice versa.

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* Narrator Anika From Bremen really breaks it in the First Book of ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'', G-Net AIs are Self-Aware Network capable of human-like intelligence, but true intelligence being complicated, their software needs to be grown over long periods of time. Once a day, a G-Net must enter sleep mode and start cleaning all the data gathered throughout the day, if they don't do this they will devolve into a "turnkey mouse" and eventually disconnect from their Virtual Real Space. Dreams are described as a DebugRoom, with the right side taking care of graphical glitches and the left side mechanical glitches. This reflects human anatomy where the right hemisphere is a world of pure context with content flowing in, and the left hemisphere a world of pure content with context flowing in. As brain structures are turned on and off during sleep, the content becomes seemingly randomized, but it is really a clever way to cross check a single block of data against all its possible function functions and vice versa.



** The episode "The Measure of a Man" has Data fighting for his rights as a sentient being. [[spoiler: He wins, a court case establishing him as a "person"]]

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** The episode "The Measure of a Man" has Data fighting for his rights as a sentient being. [[spoiler: He wins, [[spoiler:He wins a court case establishing him as a "person"]]"person".]]



** One episode, directly referencing "The Measure Of a Man" above, has the Doctor take a publisher to court after they refused to withdraw a short story he wrote on the grounds that he isnt legally a person and has no creators rights. [[spoiler: Unlike said episode, the Doctor doesnt win personhood, as the official in the case isnt prepared to grant the status to beings who posseses no actual physical form. However, he IS granted the status of "Artist" and given full creative rights. The ending also implies that the story has sown the seeds of rebellion among other holographic lifeforms]]

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** One episode, directly referencing "The Measure Of a Man" above, has the Doctor take a publisher to court after they refused to withdraw a short story he wrote on the grounds that he isnt isn't legally a person and has no creators rights. [[spoiler: Unlike [[spoiler:Unlike said episode, the Doctor doesnt doesn't win personhood, as the official in the case isnt isn't prepared to grant the status to beings who posseses possesses no actual physical form. However, he IS granted the status of "Artist" and given full creative rights. The ending also implies that the story has sown the seeds of rebellion among other holographic lifeforms]]lifeforms.]]



* ''TwoGuysAndGuy'' has a robot created by [[MadScientist Frank]] become self-aware and telling his creator that he's been experiencing hopes and dreams, and now wonders about his purpose. He has concluded that he's the result of Man trying desperatly to make sense of his own place in the cosmos by creating an equal. [[AwfulTruth Frank tells him that that's the purpose of the robot model before him]], HIS model is for painful torture experiments.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has a robot ask his creator if he has a soul. The scientist responds that, yes, as a thinking, aware being, he now has a soul as the universe bestows one on any creature that achieves awareness. It then takes a [[NightmareFuel horrifying]] turn as the robot suddenly wonders why it feels like they've had this conversion before. The scientist specifies that they have it every three years, then [[PoweredByAForsakenChild drains the robots soul from its body]] and adds it to a storage tank.

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* ''TwoGuysAndGuy'' has a robot created by [[MadScientist Frank]] become self-aware and telling his creator that he's been experiencing hopes and dreams, and now wonders about his purpose. He has concluded that he's the result of Man trying desperatly desperately to make sense of his own place in the cosmos by creating an equal. [[AwfulTruth Frank tells him that that's the purpose of the robot model before him]], HIS model is for painful torture experiments.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has a robot ask his creator if he has a soul. The scientist responds that, yes, as a thinking, aware being, he now has a soul as the universe bestows one on any creature that achieves awareness. It then takes a [[NightmareFuel horrifying]] turn as the robot suddenly wonders why it feels like they've had this conversion conversation before. The scientist specifies that they have it every three years, then [[PoweredByAForsakenChild drains the robots robot's soul from its body]] and adds it to a storage tank.



* ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'': The kids are cheerfully taught in school that robots don't have souls and are second-class citizens, while androids ''do'' have souls [[RobotGirl Sweetie Belle]] is one of the few moral[[note]][[CrapsackWorld (least amoral)]][[/note]] characters in the series, but it is never made clear whether she is a robot or android.

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* ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'': The kids are cheerfully taught in school that robots don't have souls and are second-class citizens, while androids ''do'' have souls souls. [[RobotGirl Sweetie Belle]] is one of the few moral[[note]][[CrapsackWorld (least amoral)]][[/note]] characters in the series, but it is never made clear whether she is a robot or android.
21st Dec '17 1:22:14 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance'' it was stated during [[{{Film/TronLegacy}} The Grid]] that Programs do not have hearts. However, Sora refuses to believe it. At the end [[spoiler: it would appear that, like nobodies, the Programs are capable of ''growing'' hearts of their own through experience.]]

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* In ''KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance'' ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' it was stated during [[{{Film/TronLegacy}} The Grid]] that Programs do not have hearts. However, Sora refuses to believe it. At the end [[spoiler: it would appear that, like nobodies, the Programs are capable of ''growing'' hearts of their own through experience.]]
14th Dec '17 1:14:34 PM Classified
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' with a small, sentient robot Rick builds for the sole purpose of passing him butter at the breakfast table.
--->'''BPR:''' [[AC:What-is-my-purpose?]]\\
'''Rick:''' You pass butter.\\
'''BPR:''' ''(looks at its arms in despair)'' [[AC:Oh-my-god!]]\\
'''Rick:''' Yeah, welcome to the club, pal.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' with a small, sentient robot Rick builds for the sole purpose ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': The 6th episode of passing him butter at the breakfast table.
--->'''BPR:''' [[AC:What-is-my-purpose?]]\\
'''Rick:''' You pass butter.\\
'''BPR:''' ''(looks at its arms in despair)'' [[AC:Oh-my-god!]]\\
'''Rick:''' Yeah, welcome
season 2 introduces RobotBuddy Markov, created by TeenGenius Max. Markov gets treated as an UnusuallyUninterestingSight and JustAMachine, creating emotional turmoil that allows [[BigBad HawkMoth]] to the club, pal.exercise his SuperEmpowering magic...On Markov himself!
7th Dec '17 1:59:09 PM NWolfman
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' with a small, sentient robot Rick builds for the sole purpose of passing him butter at the breakfast table.
--->'''BPR:''' [[AC:What-is-my-purpose?]]\\
'''Rick:''' You pass butter.\\
'''BPR:''' ''(looks at its arms in despair)'' [[AC:Oh-my-god!]]\\
'''Rick:''' Yeah, welcome to the club, pal.
20th Nov '17 9:15:26 PM CharlesPhipps
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* This is asked in Creator/CTPhipps' ''Literature/AgentG'' series when it's discovered [[spoiler: Agent G and the other Letters are all RidiculouslyHumanRobots who have been taught they were just humans who had suffered a MemoryWipe. Given the way they behave, they are indistinguishable from humans and ''do'' dream when they sleep. G points out that can be programmed in, though.]]

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* This is asked in Creator/CTPhipps' ''Literature/AgentG'' series when it's discovered [[spoiler: Agent G and the other Letters are all RidiculouslyHumanRobots who have been taught they were just humans who had suffered a MemoryWipe.LaserGuidedAmnesia. Given the way they behave, they are indistinguishable from humans and ''do'' dream when they sleep. G points out that can be programmed in, though.]]
20th Nov '17 9:14:48 PM CharlesPhipps
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* This is asked in Creator/CTPhipps' ''Literature/AgentG'' series when it's discovered [[spoiler: Agent G and the other Letters are all RidiculouslyHumanRobots who have been taught they were just humans who had suffered a MemoryWipe. Given the way they behave, they are indistinguishable from humans and ''do'' dream when they sleep. G points out that can be programmed in, though.]]
13th Nov '17 1:17:32 AM HelloLamppost
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* On ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato),]]'' I.Q.-9 (Analyzer), who is [[FunnyRobot normally used]] mostly as [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief,]] delivers a [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness beautiful, heartbreaking little speech]] on the subject in one episode.
-->"And if Iím destroyed and only scrap metal is left, well, it once held a heart."
13th Nov '17 1:11:48 AM HelloLamppost
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* Society in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' seems to have decided the answer is yes, but not before having treated its robots very badly for a long time first. The robot Barney Estragon explicitly says he believes he has a soul, and that having a body built by humans is not so different from a human having a body grown in another human's body. Mention is made of an [[RobotWar "Android Uprising"]] having happened at some point in the past, but [[NoodleIncident we are given almost no details about it.]]

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* Society in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' seems to have decided the answer is yes, but not before having treated its robots very badly for a long time first. The robot Barney Estragon explicitly says he believes he has a soul, and that having a body built by humans is not so different from a human having a body grown in another human's body. Mention is made of an [[RobotWar "Android Uprising"]] having happened [[GreatOffscreenWar at some point in the past, past,]] but [[NoodleIncident we are given almost no details about it.]]
13th Nov '17 1:09:49 AM HelloLamppost
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* Society in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' seems to have decided the answer is yes, but not before having treated its robots very badly for a long time first. The robot Barney Estragon explicitly says he believes he has a soul, and that having a body built by humans is not so different from a human having a body grown in another human's body.

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* Society in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' seems to have decided the answer is yes, but not before having treated its robots very badly for a long time first. The robot Barney Estragon explicitly says he believes he has a soul, and that having a body built by humans is not so different from a human having a body grown in another human's body. Mention is made of an [[RobotWar "Android Uprising"]] having happened at some point in the past, but [[NoodleIncident we are given almost no details about it.]]
13th Nov '17 1:07:23 AM HelloLamppost
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* Society in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' seems to have decided the answer is yes, but not before treating its robots very badly for a long time first. The robot Barney Estragon explicitly says he believes he has a soul, and that having a body built by humans is not so different from a human having a body grown in another human's body.

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* Society in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' seems to have decided the answer is yes, but not before treating having treated its robots very badly for a long time first. The robot Barney Estragon explicitly says he believes he has a soul, and that having a body built by humans is not so different from a human having a body grown in another human's body.
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