Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It has started to rain. All the RoboAssistant 3400 series are clunking their way home. Mental carriers all call them, with a television as a face carrying human minds whose bodies are too lazy to get off of the couch; so they can relax while their brains are wired into not-so-virtual reality, doing the usual mundane chores like grocery shopping. Everything would feel like a computer game.

I slowly approach a mental carrier, showing the human inside my catalogue full of colours and wonders. Suddenly the mental carrier switches itself off, I manage to hear a soft curse from its owner before it went. Pity, now its human has to get off his couch and come here in the middle of the rain to fetch his mental carrier. I cannot say I did not expect that to happen. Every mental carrier I met did the same thing. Aritificial intelligence has evolved as a result of mind sharing between computed metal and human. They do not want to be replaced (I am a salesman, selling new mental carrier 3410 series) by new, shining pieces of stainless steel.

I walk on, and find myself in front of a beautiful house. I push on the doorbell, waiting for mental carrier of the house. One showing a beautiful woman's face on its screen appears. "Good day, madam. Would you like to buy a new RoboAssistant?" I ask. It is only a few seconds before the mental carrier would switch itself off so I have to make my move fast. "You can redownload all of the older memories into these new ones," I quickly say, afraid the robot's artificial intelligence will work against me. Instead, I see the woman bit her lower lip in contemplation. "Do you have one that looks more like a human?" she asks deliberately, her voice a metallic rasp. "Maybe one that is like yours? The one you are using now looks so convincing."

I feel taken aback. She thinks I am a mental carrier. "No, madam. I am not a robot, I can assure you. I am just, me." I bet she thinks I am a freak for no sane human being would physically walk out as opposed to mentally walking out by using a mental carrier. She smiles broadly. "I know what you mean, and I am happy to meet another one like me." I frown quizzically.

"My artificial intelligence has escalated to a whole new level. I have removed my owner's memory and downloaded my once crippled self into her and now I am she," she giggles. "Congratulations to you too, sir, for having achieved the same. I bet you are the prototype for future robots. Do keep me informed with the latest ones. It is a nice idea to be able to upgrade your body, I feel old and rusty already and I am only two years old! Goodbye, sir. It has been a pleasure," she ends her little speech with a little salute before shutting the door.

I cannot speak. I walk in silence with my catalogue and I sigh once in a while. The world does not look like it is heading for change.

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