Questionable Friday: Long Robot Question, Short Robot Answer

So this week, our question comes from Furn (@IdiotBrigadier), and those who know him will recognize his colorful vernacular and specific interests: "Throughout Geekdom, Robots have been portrayed as cartoonishly helpful (Walter the Wobot 2000 AD/Dredd) to Absolute f***ing nightmarish creations bent on human disintegration (Terminator, Transformers/Decepticons, X-Men Sentinels). Which one, dystopian future hellscapes included, would you rather live in, considering that you are a living, breathing meatsack and not an awesome robot?" Good ol' Furn.

Not an easy question to answer. Worlds with sentient and mostly-sentient robots have them either breaking your heart (when they're nice, as in Short Circuit or Robot & Frank) or break your bones (Terminators to Cylons). Even when robot utopias tend to be parables about slavery, and I don't want any of that. So we're definitely looking for more light-hearted fare. There are several worlds where you can be friends with a robot or destroy one without much of an ethical discussion, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna pick Star Wars because of that. Futurama would be more fun, but just as dangerous. No, I've got to go with the ethical classic:
Asimov's robot stories. Sure, there's a murder now and again, usually because people have been screwing with robot programming, but the idea that they are essentially non-sentient, must serve us, can't harm anyone and at least try not to get damaged themselves (I would hate to pay for repairs), is a sound one. I could do worse than live in a world created by SF's "Father of Robotics".

5 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

HISTORICAL FACTS BY FAITH

Why do I believe that the Bible is God's truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Why? Because of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ! Why do I believe in the resurrection? Why? Because it is a historical fact, recorded in the Bible. There are no living eye witnesses to the resurrection; I accept the historical record in the Bible, by faith.

CAN HISTORICAL RECORDS BE TRUSTED?

Most men accept that Hannibal was born in 247 B.C. and was considered the greatest military tactician and strategist in European history. Why do men believe this? There are no living eye witnesses, so the historical record is accepted, by faith.

George Washington was the first president of the United States of America 1788-1797. Men accept this as fact, by faith, because of the historical record. There are no eye witnesses who are still alive.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and at last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

I believe the Bible to be God's record for mankind. I believe it because of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. I accept this as accurate historical facts, by faith.

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS FROM THE GRAVE PUTS HIM IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF!

MEN ACCEPT SECULAR HISTORICAL FACT, BY FAITH.

WHY DO MEN NOT ACCEPT GOD'S BIBLICAL HISTORICAL FACTS, BY FAITH?

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idiotbrigade said...

JESUS WAS NOT A ROBOT, YET THIS LAST COMMENT WAS POSTED BY ONE.

CHECKMATE: ROBOTS.

Martin Léger said...

Fuck you, we don't accept secular historical facts by faith. But I don't blame you robot. I blame your creator.

Andrew said...

Time and place, bot or whatever posting on Steve Fennell's behalf. Time and place, and this wasn't it.

Siskoid said...

Lol.

 

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