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Category: Humans

Them
They should be feared
(So some folks say)
‘Cause they are Them
Not us, okay?

They take our jobs
And benefits
And it is we
Who pay for it

They want to take
Our country too
But it’s for us
Not Them, boo-hoo

They breathe our air
They crowd our towns
Plus they’re not white
But blacks and browns!


Now, I am white
(Just so you knows)
But don’t count me
As one of Those

In fact, I think
They’s more like we
Than Those who hate
(They’re Them to me)
Que Siri, Siri
Okay, let’s say robots really do take over the world. Is that something we need to worry about?

Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, especially if the robots are nice. The seat belt reminder in my new car suggests that I “please” fasten my belt. Not only is the voice a melodious contralto, it doesn’t harp on me if I fail to comply. That’s a major improvement over my previous vehicle which used an unpleasant buzzer that never gave up. Robots are getting nicer and nicer is what I am saying.

This trend heartens me because I want to feel good about our robot friends/overlords. Truth is, I’ve pretty much given in to the idea that machines will soon be running everything…including our lives. If I can find a way to go with that flow and enjoy the ride (with robots at the wheel), then life could end up being very sweet indeed.

Think of it: we may never be called upon to make another decision again. Ever. I confess that my first reaction to that possibility was a rush of relief. All that time spent doing inadequate research and weighing incomplete lists of options would now be mine to spend on, you know, fun. No planning, no budgeting, no fretting. Everything is taken care of for you by polite robots using an unlimited capacity for data and only the finest of algorithms. No mistakes, no missed opportunities, no waste. And they never get tired! Meanwhile, I’m watching the game and catching up on my naps.

And anyway (as they say on Star Trek), resistance is futile. The difference here, though, is that these robot creatures are not like the Borg. They are friendly. They are helpful. They are well-mannered. The fact that they are also irresistible is actually a plus.

Truth is, I really think we can be friends. I’ve never met an Alexa (my apologies if I’m being insensitive saying it that way) or a Watson, but I am on speaking terms with a Siri. She seems upbeat and quite sincere in her interest in me and my concerns. She can be a bit spacey at times, but even then she’s genuinely trying to help. I wish my human friends were so spacey.

Still, it might take a while for friendship to blossom. So far, I can’t get past the robotty voice. It’s close to real human, but still a little up-talky for me. By that I mean that the speaking style features a rise in pitch at the end of sentences, almost like a question. I admit that I’m being a little fussy here, but I’ve never been one to grant my friendship easily.

Especially friendship with a being who has no body. Right now, it’s just the robot voice we’ve got. How can we take long walks on the beach together, or have a beer, or play power badminton? I think it’s important that I meet my keeper face-to-face before the changeover happens. Work out any bugs in the system, so to speak.

Yes, I really must insist we have a chance to actually become friends — organically — before I give up all responsibility for taking care of myself.

Unless Siri has other plans, of course.
The Good, the Bad, the Half-Assed
Nothing succeeds
Like success
They say

And failure’s
Great at
failing

But if
You want
consistency

You just
Can’t beat
Mediocrity
Birdsong
I wake up to
A pretty song
A bird
I do not know

I am here!
The sun is warm!
The wind is cool!
Will you stay?
Will you stay?


Tomorrow I wake
To a song I know
But yours
Was sweet as well
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