Countering the Frankenstein Complex

Lee McCauley

Isaac Asimov coined the term Frankenstein Complex to describe the fear that the general public has towards human-made technologies when they invade the realm commonly considered to be God's domain. Recently, several people have made a name for themselves partially by fanning this flame. This poster demonstrates some of the historical evidence of this fear and provides reasons why it is unfounded. Finally, it suggests a way for the AI community to help ameliorate the public's fear of a marauding species of homicidal robots.

Subjects: 17. Robotics; 9.4 Philosophical Foundations

Submitted: Jan 25, 2007

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