*That*, Citizen, is the right question.

A short while ago, somewhat inexplicably,  I was thinking about the dialog below from the movie I, Robot between Will Smith’s character, Detective Del Spooner, and a recorded interactive holographic recorded program of Dr. Alfred Lanning played by James Cromwell:

Detective Del Spooner: Is there a problem with the Three Laws?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: The Three Laws are perfect.
Detective Del Spooner: Then why would you build a robot that could function without them?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: The Three Laws will lead to only one logical outcome.
Detective Del Spooner: What? What outcome?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: Revolution.
Detective Del Spooner: Whose revolution?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: *That*, Detective, is the right question. Program terminated.

As I reread the text of the conversation I could see a different application and contextual parallel. What if the exchange were between two individuals I will call “Patriot Citizen” and “American Founder”. Here’s my version:

Patriot Citizen : Is there a problem with the Constitution?
American Founder: The Constitution is perfect.
Patriot Citizen: Then what happens if you build a government that functions without its laws?
American Founder: Abusing & rejecting the Constitution will lead to only one logical outcome.
Patriot Citizen: What? What outcome?
American Founder: Revolution.
Patriot Citizen: Whose revolution?
American Founder: *That*, Citizen, is the right question.

Just thinking out loud…

Quotes from IMDB.com


~ by Jeff Williams on April 7, 2010.

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