This Is Why Computers Should Not Have Personalities.

Computers should not have personalities. The humanizing words we use to describe their activity is creepy enough; we “turn them on,” or they “die” or “freeze,” etc. And I’ve got my fingers and eyes all over them every day in a way I just wouldn’t with another person. I understand the antisocial stereotype of people who spend too much time on computers, but I don’t think giving computers a personality is a real solution. Case in point, every movie/video game featuring an AI that tries to murder or enslave humans:

HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Wheatley in Portal 2

Machine City in The Matrix: Revolutions

Gerty in Moon

Seth in Universal Soldier: The Return

 

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