After Dr. Link is killed in his university lab, the prime suspect is his robot creation, Adam. The robot is taken into custody and tells Dr. Link's daughter Mina that he has no memory of what happened. She wants him released but a court hearing has been scheduled for the following Monday and the expected result is that Adam will be dismantled. Mina convinces now retired civil right attorney Thurman Cutler to defend him. Mina believes Adam to be a sentient being whose artificial intelligence allows him to make reasoned decisions. Cutler wants him tried for murder because if he can do so, Adam's humanity must first be recognized.
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The judge states a false premise. In 227 years (as of 2016), thirty-three amendments to the Constitution have been put forth. Only 27 have been ratified and have become part of the law of the land.
That means it a very difficult thing (exactly what the framers intended) to change the Constitution. And it is definitely not a "constantly changing document" as the judge infers. See more
Miss Link, how do you know that the robot was actually reading the material you provided?
He looked at it, and he remembered it. I don't know how else...
Wasn't he merely scanning the documentation, like any photocopying machine, storing it like any laptop computer?
Laptop computers don't enjoy poetry. Adam liked to hear the sound of poetry, particularly when I read it to him.
Wasn't the robot merely reacting the way you wanted it to, the way it was programmed to?
You don't get it. Shortly ...