Hollywood actress Jodie Foster said she would be “much more comfortable having robots” own a gun than an emotional human doing so. “I mean, I’d be much more comfortable having robots have them, but we are designed to have emotions that overflow and that are not guided by our heads,” Foster said in a recent interview with Indie Wire.
“To have sentient beings that are completely and entirely guided by their emotions have the power to administer life or death using one kilowatt of energy in a nanosecond is just unfathomable with me,” Foster added.
The thing of it is, because we’re created in God’s image and we “show the work of the Law written in [our] hearts” (Rom. 2:15), we’re not “completely and entirely guided by [our] emotions.” We’ve been made to be guided by an objective and fixed moral law, but in Foster’s world and in the world of so many like her, there is no such thing as an objective fixed moral standard. We can see it with the emotion-driven homosexual (Foster is a lesbian) and transgender movements.
Would turning guns over to robots be a solution?
The Day the Earth Stood Still, Terminator, and I, Robot immediately come to mind.
In the first Terminator film, the Terminator is programmed by other Terminators to do one thing as Kyle Reese explains to Sarah Connor:
Listen, and understand! That Terminator is out there! It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop … ever, until you are dead!
In the second film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, there are two Terminators. A new model is sent to kill Sarah Connor’s child and the other reprogrammed Terminator is sent to protect him. When the Terminator that is sent to protect John Connor is about to kill two men, Connor stops him explaining that it’s wrong to kill.
John: Listen to me very carefully, OK? You’re not a Terminator anymore. All right? You got that? You just can’t go around killing people!
John: Whattaya mean, why? Cause you can’t!
John: Because you just can’t, OK? Trust me on this.
Why should the Terminator or anyone else “trust” John Connor? Who’s John Connor? He’s a representative of a thoroughly modern secularized materialist worldview whose ethic extends no further than himself and those who might agree with him or not. What happens when Skynet succeeds and decides to eliminate all the humans. “Cause you can’t won’t cut it…