Do you remember “Them”?

Two robots talking - resizedThis dialogue is not intended to have a disturbing effect. And for some it is already “old news.” But some may have to read it twice to get what the humble author intends. This dialogue stops only after a few “reminisces” but could have gone on and on. The challenge is to make up some yourself. Feel free to share comments below. As a person interested also in Arts, I was pondering how Samuel Becket might have written about technology knowing what we know today. This is my best shot. Of course, he would have written it much better… I am sure. We will perhaps never become extinct; but we might become a little outdated. How comforting (disturbing for some?)  to know that this conversation at least focuses on us. Yet it is not one “future kid” to another or older persons reminiscing about the past. It is perhaps two of our potential future “replacements” talking about their makers (“them”) in the past.

A: Do you remember when they used a keyboard to type words into our computer screens?

B: We do that with thought patterns now.


A: Do you remember they used to check their luggage at the airport and pilots flew the planes?

B: We handle that now.


A: Do you remember their Judges in the court room?

B: A more objective and balanced software application (with up-to-date case studies and interpretation algorithms), which cannot be bribed, makes the judgments now.


A: Do you remember their banks, ATMs and paper money and coins?

B: We now do transactions on the Block Chain using crypto currency.


A: Do you remember their universities and schools?

B: We now attend classes online everywhere.


A: Do you remember them driving cars?

B: The cars drive themselves now.


A: Do you remember peripherals, laptops and smartphones?

B: It’s built into our clothing and framework now.


A: Do you remember shopping stores and pizza restaurants?

B: Drones deliver now.


A: Do you remember when we couldn’t think like “them” ?

B: Yeah, but look what we can do now.


A: I guess Van Morrison was a genius after all … or at least Kurzweil …

B: I prefer Kraftwerk.


Daniël Maslyn


Daniël Maslyn is a passionate and creative software testing professional with over 15 years of experience in real-world situations ranging from hands-on operational testing roles to test management positions. Knowledgeable in a variety of test methods, techniques and testing paradigms.

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  1. Jos Punter July 21, 2015 Reply

    With “we” you mean the robots as in a robot being a sentinent being living in a world where there are Robots and Humans. Or with “we” you mean robots being sentinent beings evolved from humans.