Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Mila 2.0

A girl moves to a small town in Minnesota. She has vague memories living in Philadelphia with her father. However, he died in a fire and she moved out to rural Minnesota with her mother. She had been trying to slowly adapt to small town life when she meets a boy from San Diego. Her friend is hot for the boy and gets upset with her. Eventually, she sends her to the bed of a pickup while she "drag races" with the boy. She is flown from the car and is barely injured, other than a severed arm that reveals machinery. She then discovers that she was actually an android (Mila 2.0) created by the military and her mother was one of the scientists that helped create her.
Mila and her "mom" try to escape to Canada and then to Germany. They almost make it. However, I dog in the Toronto airport sniffs her and they are soon caught and sent back to the military engineering facility near DC. There we encounter the general in charge of the project. He is an over-the-top crazy stereotypical war nut. We also meet Mila 3.0. She is the "improved" version that does not have so much emotional programming. They have some battles. The humanness both helps and hurts 2.0. she is able to do crazy unexpected things to beat 3.0. However, she is also subject to human qualms, limiting her ability to fight. She becomes somewhat attached to a young engineer who is working there. (We learn that the engineer and the general have some connection.) The general wants to reprogram her, but the engineer helps get them out.
Could we really engineer human emotions? If so, would it be good or bad? Perhaps quantum computing will lead us down this path. We will get a little bit of "uncertainty" in the certain decisions, thus improving outcomes. Could people really fall in love with an android?

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