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11.30.2005

What Being A Robot Means In America Today

Robotics dates back to ancient times. Since history began, people have looked for ways to shirk the responsibilities of day-to-day life. Legends of sorcerers, necromancers, and gods granting animation to lifeless objects can be found in nearly every culture. But the first time the word “robot” was actually used was in the 1921 play “Rossuum's Universal Robots.” Since the play was written by a Czech playwright, the word derives from Czech. Indeed, the Czech word “robota” can be roughly translated to “drudgery.” But are robots really the drudges of the modern age?

Robots are what built this great nation. Robots run the assembly lines that keep industry pumping. Robots are the ones who first set foot on Mars, the Moon, and even outer space itself. Does this sound like drudgery? No, it sounds like the most fantastic existence ever conceived by the human mind. Robots have always been the first to explore the vastness of space, going places humans can’t. Robots have advanced sensor technology which allows for greater perception, such as the measurement of temperature in Celsius, Fahrenheit, and Kelvins, air pressure, magnetism, and so forth. Robots have also been known to fight to the death, egged on by their human masters. This has been recorded and shown on television, which is also a kind of robot.

Robots have been engraved into the human psyche for countless decades. They have been a cultural phenomenon, appearing in thousands of science fiction novels and short stories. But is the cold, logical machine depicted by these works accurate? The truth is that recent advances in artificial intelligence programming has made robots more caring, more loving, and more human. There will soon come a day when robots and humans will have meaningful conversations involving the purpose of the Universe, and also the placement of furniture in a room.

But this can’t happen as long as some people hold the view of robots as short-circuited, out-of-control breakdown machines. This view led ignorant filmmakers to portray robots as evil in 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as nearly every other robot-based film. What’s even more disturbing is that some robots actually helped create those films. Once this “evil” barrier is knocked down, humans will be able to appreciate robots as the wonders that they are. But that day is not today.

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Anonymous Free Speech Liberal gesticulated...

I use robots for sexual gratification.

11/30/2005 7:08 PM  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden gesticulated...

11 30 05

Wow Gyrobo: You really put the notion of automotons into perspective. And at times, I feel like a robot in an assembly line surrounded by evil dooers...then again most attorneys are...Good post:)

11/30/2005 7:50 PM  
Blogger Bhakti gesticulated...

Are you having an identity crisis Gyrobo?? Why do you feel a need to justify your existence? Most people I know go through life acting as the stereotypical robot (just doing one boring task after another without thinking about it too much). You have proven to the world that robots have hearts! You are the man! I mean, you are the robot! Don't ever forget that, my little metal guy!

11/30/2005 10:59 PM  
Blogger L>T gesticulated...

Bhakti, Bhakti, calm down or we might see even smaller metal guys running around, w/little aluminum(sp) diapers. I watched Gigantor again this morning. It is funnier then heck! Have you seen it roboshrub?

11/30/2005 11:24 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

I felt it was time that people realized what robots go through.

Besides the car wash.

12/01/2005 8:49 AM  
Blogger Roboshrub Incorporated gesticulated...

Robot prejudice is a real problem, and there's very little awareness of it. Hence our Pro-Bot campaigns-- specifically the comic series "And Then This Happened."

You say "low budget" (no budget), we say "stylistic."

l>t, I'm not sure what you're talking about, but the name "Gigantor" sounds familiar. Perhaps he was related to a roomie...

12/01/2005 10:02 AM  
Blogger L>T gesticulated...

Gigantor is a funny black & white cartoon on Adult swim(do you know adult swim?) that comes on about 4:00 am pacific time. It is really corny. I tried to find reference to him on the net. couldn't find anything. I will have to analize with my honorary robot brain & draw a pic. for you. I'll let you know when I get it up(the picture, HaHa).

12/01/2005 10:58 AM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

I think I've heard of Gigantor. I don't watch that Anime stuff. Too pointy.

12/01/2005 12:43 PM  
Blogger L>T gesticulated...

anime? whatz that?

12/01/2005 10:06 PM  
Blogger Bhakti gesticulated...

HEY--L>T...I'm pretty slow at catchin' on...but I think I know what you were insinuating in your last comment (i.e. robots with diapers). Please try to remember, I'm a swami and swami don't play those games!

12/01/2005 10:09 PM  
Blogger Bhakti gesticulated...

oops...I mean in your first comment...my bad??

p.s Could someone please tell me what "...my bad" means????

12/01/2005 10:10 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

My Bad!

12/01/2005 10:18 PM