I was probably  9 years old when I decided I wanted my best friend to be a robot, preferable a cool hovering robot like V.I.N.Cent from ‘The Black Hole’ who could fire lasers and quote Cicero and such.  In the ensuing years, I’ve gotten no closer to my goal of bonding with an artificial intelligence (I saw a Roomba once), but I still can’t help but think that it’d be fun to pal around with a robot, even a clinically depressed one like Marvin, and I’ve long believed that R2-D2 is the heart, soul and narrative spine of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, which leads us to today’s paranoid android query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) actually thinks that even a murderous robot might be more useful than some of the folk I’ve worked with in call centers, asking: Artificial Intelligence: Wonderful boon or the end of everything?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

1 Comment

  1. Malone_hasco on

    Given how “wonderful” job world leaders today are doing, I’d welcome our AI overlords of every kind.

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