artist/engineer Kezanti from Brugge (tbc)
The Bloggess isn’t my usual source for robotics writing, so I was overjoyed to read
today’s yesterday’s post about Robot Tigers. It’s a sublime demonstration of all the contradictory and confusing human-robot relations that exist, in reality and in fantasy. Don’t make me spell it out. Enjoy.
Victor: One day I’m going to finish my robot tigers and we will rule the world.
me: It’d be easier if you just took over the world with real tigers.
Victor: Robot tigers are scarier than real tigers.
me: No. Real tigers are scarier because they’re unpredictable.
Victor: My robot tigers have a random setting.
me: Like a shuffle function on an iPod?
me: That is way scarier.
Victor: Plus they could beat you at chess.
me: Well, not me specifically. I’m pretty damn good at chess.
Victor: Not as good as a robot tiger.
me: Live tigers are still scarier because they’re real and you know they hate you. With a robot tiger you understand they’re just doing their job when they kill you.
Victor: My robot tiger would be a cold, calculating killing machine – set on random – that also has an emotion chip and laughs at your pain.
me: That actually sounds scary as shit.