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"If you can't tell, does it matter?" was one of the first lines of dialogue of the Westworld television series, presented as a throwaway in the first episode of the first season, in response to the question "Are you real?"

In the sixth episode of the third season, the line becomes a central realization of one of the main characters, The Man in Black.

This is, in fact, a central premise of the show—what is reality, what is identity, what does it mean to be alive?—and has a basis in the philosophy of Philip K. Dick.

  • What are the implications of this statement in relation to AI? In relation to experience? In relation to the self?
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I haven't watched Westworld from the beginning to the end, but I've read some synopsis and lores behind it. The implications of the statement above might be related on the experiences on what the Androids/cyborgs/synth might think of themselves. Are their identity and experiences that they had gone through are 'real' or not? Although in the series it really is what matters the most, an identity crisis, search of a true identity. Without really any fail-safe programming the back of the AI's mind in their Synthethic body once all of their experiences are just a false experience and everything that they do is monitored and tested by some individuals for science purposes, the AI would gone rogue. A concious being with no real background experiences being put into an environment that 'should' have been their 'life' all along, but after realizing the real truth, everything does matter, and the concious being would gone rogue to find their true self in order to recover their origin and their true identity. I hope that would atleast answer some thoughts behind it

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