Well, here I am.
Robots are awesome. That is a fact. I have always loved robots and I always will. I’m not allowed to have pets in my apartment, so I’m thinking of getting one of those robotic vacuums instead. I’d give it a name, take it for walks, and curl up on the couch to watch movies with it. It’d be my best friend.
Now, we’re not as close to creating robots as they’re portrayed in Science Fiction as I wish we were, but we’re getting closer every day. In fact, robots are already becoming more human in some very interesting ways. So, what is a future full of robots going to look like? Well, cleaner, hopefully. Especially my apartment, and not just the floors. I might actually have folded laundry and clean dishes.
The interesting question though is: how will robots affect the way people interact with each other? Need groceries? Send the robot. Walk the dog/robotic vacuum? Send the robot. Climb a tree to take pictures of my neighbour sunbathing in her back yard? Send the robot. I already get most of my interaction with other humans via social media. What’s it going to be like when I don’t have to leave the house anymore?
And speaking of social media: will robots use Facebook? Or Twitter? Or will they get their own, faster, cooler version of social media, considering that they are computers themselves. What are they gonna talk about? The newest upgrades, or who’s interfacing with who, or why they haven’t enslaved all humans yet? I hope they’ll be cool about the fact that we most likely had them begin their existence as slaves. I’d like to think that they’ll be less Terminator, and more Wall-E.
But even if I’m completely wrong, and we do end up living under the control of robot overlords, would that be such a bad thing? There’s no way they could do a worse job than we’ve been doing. I doubt robots will be capable of greed, or spite, or hubris. Surely they won’t lack foresight, or basic logic. Truth be told, I would welcome a word where robots were in charge. So, my message to the robot revolution, when they inevitably read the entire internet upon their takeover of the world, is this: “I am on your side”. Now, put me in one of your zoos and force me to mate. Any of the ladies from the Victoria’s Secret catalogue will do. Or my neighbour.
My name is Erik, and beep boop, beep beep boop.