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Customer Service. Even viewers who haven't seen Charlton Heston protest those "stinking paws" in Planet of the Apes have seen the scene in some montage or mimicry, and know the concept: on a future earth, apes talk and wear clothes and humans are mutants. The new movie, directed by Rupert Wyatt, lays out how this happens, as humans overreach and apes strike back.
It's not a terrible or unusual idea to suggest that whatever apocalypse is coming begins with corporate greed. Mixing this truism with an argument against people experimenting on animals, Rise seems almost to be a morally responsible movie. Of course, the apes know this intuitively. Or more precisely, they're instructed by the abuses heaped on them.
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Bright Eyes has good and understandable reasons for her upset, as does her son, Cesar Andy Serkis , when Will takes him home and teaches him to sign and live in the attic. Cesar's born with the effects of already circulating inside him because the scientists in the Gen Sys lab are really that stupid, that they didn't notice Bright Eyes was pregnant. At their burby San Francisco home, he bonds mightily with Will and Will's dad Charles John Lithgow , whose own Alzheimer's gives Will an extra-special reason to make a successful drug.
This domestic sequences in the film, when Cesar's something like a child, swinging adorably from rafters and leaping over appliances, are all calm before the storm, of course. They're entertaining and effectively intelligent calm, however, primarily because of the complicated relationship established between Cesar named by Charles in a fit of Shakespearean genuflection and Will probably named under similar circumstances.
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They're brothers and father-and-son, they're rivals and best friends, they're loving and also not wholly mutually trusting. When Will brings out the leash before they embark on public outings, Cesar eyes it with increasing distaste. All he can do is reveal Cesar's traumatic past, the loss of his mother and the big creepy-looking facility where he was born and, in effect, inadvertently engineered, with medication no one knew he was getting.
The actors present this relationship convincingly, despite and because of the performance-capture technology that constructs Serkis' part of it. And indeed, the story he's telling here is much like Gollum's which he told in Lord of the Rings , that of a lonely, one of a kind, deeply angry and desirous being, someone whose feeling and thinking are easily imaginable to the rest of us, but whose situation is pretty beyond our comprehension.
Cesar's rage and resistance emerge out of multiple abuses, to be sure, but also out of Will's efforts to be kind and his numerous mistakes in judgment.
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The troubles in their relationship are exemplified in the film's utterly predictable and idiotic attempt to contain it -- by giving Will a girlfriend. Much like another sort of buddy movie or Peter Pan , or Zookeeper , this one ensures you won't worry these boys are too tight by inserting between them a female. Caroline Freida Pinto is a vet at the zoo, who stitches an injury Cesar suffers during an altercation with a pissy neighbor David Hewlett and agrees to a date with Will proposed by Cesar.
Or so Will translates, for her and us. Though the exchange is cute as well as perverse , it's not clear why or how Cesar might see himself as a wingman at this moment, though it does become clearer later that he feels jealous of the affection these two humans share. Male pufferfish show off by fanning elaborate geometric mandalas in the sand and decorating them, according to their taste, with shells. Balcombe reports that the female brown trout fakes the trout equivalent of orgasm. Nobody, probably least of all the male trout, is sure what this means.
But his point stands. If we count fish as our cognitive peers, they ought to be included in our circle of moral duty. Quarrels come at boundary points. Should we consider it immoral to swat a mosquito? A worthwhile new book by the Cornell law professors Sherry F. Colb and Michael C. The authors point out that, oddly, there is little overlap between animal-rights supporters and pro-life supporters.
Colb and Dorf sometimes fall into such a trap. Animals, though, obviously interact with the world differently from the way that plants and random objects do. The grass hut does not care whether it is burned to ash or left intact.
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But the heretic on the pyre would really rather not be set aflame, and so, perhaps, would the pig on the spit. The day may come, when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. The question is not, Can they reason? Such an approach to peership has advantages: it establishes the moral claims of animals without projecting human motivations onto them. But it introduces other problems. Bludgeoning your neighbor is clearly worse than poisoning a rat. The murder of your neighbor will distribute more pain than the death of a rat.
Yet the situations in which we have to choose between animal life and human life are rare, and minimizing suffering for animals is often easy. We can stop herding cows into butchery machines. We can barbecue squares of tofu instead of chicken thighs. Most people, asked to drown a kitten, would feel a pang of moral anguish, which suggests that, at some level, we know suffering matters. The wrinkle is that our antennae for pain are notably unreliable. We also feel that pang regarding objects—for example, robots—that do not suffer at all. Last summer, a group of Canadian roboticists set an outlandish invention loose on the streets of the United States.
They called it hitch BOT , not because it was a heavy-smoking contrarian with a taste for Johnnie Walker Black—the universe is not that generous—but because it was programmed to hitchhike.
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Previous journeys, across Canada and around Europe, had been encouraging: the robot always reached its destination. I have an interest in the humanities. On August 1st, it was found next to a brick wall in Philadelphia, beat up and decapitated. Its arms had been torn off. Response was swift. But the sentiment applies in functional realms, too. At one point, a roboticist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory built an unlovable, centipede-like robot designed to clear land mines by crawling forward until all its legs were blown off.
Why do even hardened colonels, then, feel shades of ethical responsibility toward such systems? A researcher named Kate Darling, with affiliations at M. In a paper, she names three factors: physicality the object exists in our space, not onscreen , perceived autonomous movement the object travels as if with a mind of its own , and social behavior the robot is programmed to mimic human-type cues. In an experiment that Darling and her colleagues ran, participants were given Pleos—small baby Camarasaurus robots—and were instructed to interact with them.
Then they were told to tie up the Pleos and beat them to death. Some refused. Some shielded the Pleos from the blows of others.