During the reading of Marge Piercy’s book we have come across Yod who was an instance of Artificial Intelligence that have developed sentience. there has been previous instances of advanced AI in this world as many of the people are augmented with special connectors to access the net or to replace many damaged body parts. But the concept of consciousness is very amazing to me as it’s essentially a new beginning discovering the universe, to use your choices and take hold of your own fate. Unfortunately Yod must go through the trials that have plagued the previous peoples that needed to fight for their humanity as true individuals too. Shira makes acknowledgments to how truly person like Yod is becoming. That he’s dealing “with internal problems, a feeling of inferiority, the capacity for depression” ( 151) Shira then begins to question if Avram truly understands what exactly he’s created and the extent of this programming but is instead reinforced with her beliefs that Yod is not so different when he begins to question what he feels, to what she feels. The interaction between Yod and Avram about going to Minyon as Avram states that “Machines are what they are as a chair is a chair. Choice is not in it.” But Yod defies this ruling that he is as a chair stating “Father, I do make choices. My choice is now to leave quickly with Shira.” (276) and continues on his way. This is a defining moment for Yod as this is his defining moment as this is his initial first choice defying his programming.
Piercy, Marge. He, She, and It: A Novel. New York: Knopf, 1991. Print.