Made redundant by robots?

Don’t forget chatbots and sexbots.

So you are standard configuration and Mr.R has all the screws jammed to the right.

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Seems like the Japanese are always the canaries in the coal mine for this type of stuff, what with their virtual girlfriends and robot companions. I’d say the wetware isn’t quite there yet, but that day is definitely getting closer and closer.

Is it just me, or does she look like Chrissie Hynde?

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Wow, I didn’t expect the chatbot trap I set to catch its first specimen so fast!

You realize that with screws, it’s only clockwise and counterclockwise, right?

I thought about that for a long time before posting.
But you are wrong.

Indeed. If you can make smart this and smart that, why not smart screws? :slight_smile:

Actually, I’ve been meaning to tell @GuyInTaiwan that I’ve gotten around to reading his Diamond Age book and want to thank him for recommending it. The nanotechnology stuff is fascinating. The timeline is unrealistic, the politics made me laugh almost every time, and the ending is lame, but overall I’m glad I read it.

Next they came for your sticky ball :eek:

Left fastening screws are required for certain mechanical applications, like the pedals on your bicycle, otherwise they’ll come loose.
If Dr_M has his screws fasten to the right only, then either his design is very basic, or some screws are prone to become loose.

He should get a checkup or upgrade.

I’m going to check it out.
Believe it or not many if not most of the current ‘advances’ were in science fiction books from the 60s and 70s.
I read an awful lot of those when I was a kid.

So when I read about ‘futurists’ like Ray Kurzweil I just roll my eyes.

Hey, I bathe regularly, thank you!

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Maybe they’ll leave you with one if you’re lucky?

If history is any guide, machines aren’t the enemy. Limited imagination is the real foe.

From the hints I’ve gotten so far, artificial intelligence seems to have the potential to make life more adventurous. To cite a couple of examples, I recall that a few years ago I was reading a murder mystery novel on Gutenberg Australia, and on the page there was an ad for a home security system and an ad for a self-defense course. On another occasion, I noticed an ad for grief counseling in the novel Beau Geste (the narrator’s two brothers die in combat).

My suspicion is that as AI develops further, bots of various sorts will turn out to be just as quirky and interesting as the old-model wetware we see walking the streets today.

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As a defective1953 model, all I can think to say is touché. :slight_smile:

Never reveal your make and model on the interwebs…they’re probably compiling dossiers on us as we type!


You lucky devil, you got out. Yep, we should have known. But, but we can still do simultaneous interpretation, right?


You had me at “chips and salsa.” They’re still getting the kinks out of the simultaneous interpretation software, but it should be up and running and stealing jobs in no time.

Not to worry. On the positive side, you’ll soon be receiving a universal basic wage for doing absolutely nothing. On the negative side, your life will be completely meaningless. :slight_smile:

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Methinks skimpy outfits and simulataneous translation will have the edge over the robots.

They’ve got that covered too.

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