Boy Howdy that was a long episode! But, I thought of even a few more things I want to touch on lol
First, I want to promote these three articles that I thought were very informative, critical, and brought a deeper understanding to some of my expressed issues with the game:
By Yussef Cole at Waypoint:
By Allegra Frank at Polygon:
By Heather Alexandra at Kotaku:
Also, one thing I keep coming back to is when Markus is picking out what topics to address in his ‘Androids are People’ broadcast is the option “Seize the means of production”, without going into the historical reference, this idea is so so interesting to me. If androids do become sentient (they will) then they should have access to the same bodily autonomy as humans, specifically reproduction. If humans were to maintain control over the Cyberlife factories, then would it be equivalent to forced sterilization or forced birth? If you don’t have the ability to control your own reproduction, are you truly free? If so, what does that say about current reproductive rights in our real societies?