Monday, November 22, 2010

Machine VS Man

Colossus: The Forbin Project is a scary example for when man loses control over what he has made. Forbin and his team build a self-sustaining indestructible security machine that will protect the USA from any threats from other countries. At the time this seemed like a good idea but after a series of “unpredictable” events where Colossus decides to take matters in his own hands and impose his own policies it soon becomes evident that the creation of Colossus was a very bad idea.

It is interesting to see the interaction and politics that happen between the humans and the machines in this film. As men, we create machines to help us in our daily choirs, we direct and order machines to do things we don’t want to do, and if the machines don’t comply to our demands we junk them and replace them with more suitable machines. There’s a real paradox in the film when Colossus can no longer be directed but is instead giving orders to the humans. Seeing that Colossus is able to control weapons of mass destruction, not being able to control Colossus is a very scary thing. It is funny how the humans react to this, there’s a moment in the film when the President tries to put things back in order by using his status as the leader and the man in control of the USA by telling Colossus, “This is your President…”. But to this, Colossus blows the President away as if he where nothing else but another warm blooded human creature. This is the part of the film where it is clear that even the most high ranked human cant order Colossus, and that they have no other chose than too submit to whatever Colossus demands.

This film shows a real turn of events where the unimaginable becomes reality. Where humans become slaves to the machines. Where what was once an enslaved tool becomes a whip of enslavement.

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