Empathy between humans, animals, and synthetic or supernatural life forms is a theme that is central to the book, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”.
Assignment: Write an essay engaging to the following prompt
Empathy between humans, animals, and synthetic or supernatural life forms is a theme that is central to the book, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”. Make a claim about how empathy influences the plot, character development, other themes, or manifests itself in images throughout the text under examination.
An abstract will be due, which is a short (250-300 words) pitch telling me briefly what your paper will be about and how you will go about discussing it. This is not merely the introduction to your essay. Think of it as an opportunity to present some reasons why your paper is going to be really interesting to read.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Deckard?
We humans could dream of living sheeps and electric sheeps, and so could androids.
However, androids won’t be dreaming, unless somebody will put that in the design of their brains. Which is unlikely, because it wouldn’t give any advantage or better performance introducing such a thing into their system.
But it may also happen that they will need to dream, or it will be some kind of “bug”, exactly like it happens with humans.
Last but not least, the title means to ask the reader where the distinction between a sentient system and a human being begins.
If an android can dream, is it then practically human?
Or is it considerable human even if it is not dreaming?
How much a system needs to be similar to a human, so that it won’t be considered a machine anymore?
If a system wants to keep existing, and so can feel pain and fear, should it be considered a living being?
This is what the title means.