deals with a variety of different moral philosophies ranging from personal identity, to AI itself and on top of that morality.
The basic storyline of A.I. is that a group of scientists create a little Mecca (mechanical) boy who is supposedly supposed to "have a mind". The story then develops as, human parents adopt the Mecca. The Mecca then does begin to feel emotions, like love and hate, and David (the Mecca) also begins to chase after dreams. All of this does raise the good point "can minds be created?".
Many people, one of which John Locke, believe that in every person there is a mind (not the brain). The mind, also called the spirit, is supposedly a non-physical substance, which somehow connects with the physical brain. The mind is said to contain the identity of a person, i.e. personality, thoughts etc., but how can it be possible to create a mind? I guess you just program something to think, learn, and feel emotions and then it should be set, wrong. If the mind is a non-physical substance then it is impossible to just create it isn't it? This is the exact point that A.I. is challenging. A.I. tries to show that somehow you can create a boy that loves, hates, and dreams, and in A.I. they do succeed. But does this mean that there is no such thing as a mind? Of course it does because a non-physical substance just can't be created unless luckily you might be god. If this were true then it would challenge the very foundations of Christianity for that does state that after death the spirit goes to a better place (Heaven). .
This whole idea is called Strong A.I., which states that the human mind is only a well-programmed computer that runs on the right software, which means that A.I. is possible. John Searles attempts to prove Strong A.I. correct with his "Chinese Room" theory. The Chinese room theory starts to explain that the brain actually creates the mind, according to Searles, "the computer is not merely a tool in the study of the mind, rather the appropriately programmed computer really is a mind in the sense that computers given the right programs can be literally said to understand and have other cognitive states.