samantha groves

“It’s not our fault. No one designed us. We’re just an accident, Harold. We’re just bad code.”

From: Person of Interest

Genre: Television

Who said it?: Root/Samantha Groves

The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the show, Person of Interest. The show ran from 2011 to 2016. Person of Interest was about how a brilliant entrepreneur named Harold Finch (played by Michael Emerson) develops a machine that is able to predict terrorist threats by¬†surveilling communications chatter. However, after giving The Machine to the government, Finch programs in a “backdoor” as The Machine also can predict murders but the government won’t stop them as they are considered “irrelevant.” Finch then recruits former Special Forces soldier John Reese (played by Jim Caviezel) and some other people to prevent these murders.

The quote actually comes from a former foe of the group, Root/Samatha Groves (played by Amy Acker). She encounters Harold and expresses her admiration for The Machine as it is “perfect” and far better than humans because humanity is ultimately flawed…

Geek wisdom: No matter how you cut it, people are flawed being. We’re prone to do bad and stupid things. However, unlike machines, we have the ability to go against our “bad code” and learn from our mistakes. We can evolve and go beyond what we originally are and become better versions of ourselves.

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