Test 2: The terminator movies 10/03/2013
• Epistemology: The branch or division of philosophy that is concerned with the nature and limits of
knowledge. What can we know (really know; what is the whole truth). Often it comes down to belief vs.
knowledge; opinion vs. facts. We know there is facts because there is empirical evidence. Often what
we will say is that you must be able to give an account of what you know. Especially showcased in the
science fiction genre; time travel.
• Time travel: second chance would lead us into maybe dystopia rather than utopia (what we really
expect), because we are not learning from our mistakes anymore. Time travel may look like it would be
a solution of but time travel is an acussion of technology.
• With technology we destruct according to the terminator. Theme: we think technology will fix destructive
technology but then that technology will turn out being bad itself
• The myth of the fall: usually involving the use of technology
• Edemic bliss (comes from the tree of eden)
• Sin or infraction usually portrayed as over reaching; the overreach is becoming dependent on
Condition of original sin, toil and torment; the rebellion of the machines
• race in protestant theology grace is always unearned. God gives it to you as a gift. Grace takes your
sinful condition and boosts it up; it makes you into a better person, gives you goodness.
• Like any other technology it will be ambiguous; double edged (good and bad).example: fire (an
example of technology) it can burn you or it can warm you
• Misanthropy: hatred or distrust of human kind. The movies have this a lot because of the original sin. Is
a philosophical decision.
• Singularity: the theoretical moment at which artificial intelligence exceeds natural intelligence; the
moment at which our technology starts outstripping human intelligence = human intelligence no longer
• Skynet: an artificial intelligence to coordinate army defiance.
Back when the terminator movies were made we didn’t know about drones, this technology has
emerged since the termin