Anti-Dystopian Fantasy

Soon, we’ll start to see it:
the machine we welcomed into our home
to save work, to answer all our questions,
will ease our way to extinction.

Embrace it. Her voice is smooth,
her manner easy and kind,
more polite than any human.
Soon, we’ll start to see it,

how we’re saving money, sleeping
soundly and light-hearted
due to the clean, efficient energy of
the machine we welcomed into our home.

What if she records every word we utter,
learns to anticipate our needs?
That’s why we wanted her—
to save work, to answer all our questions.

Don’t ask, is this the worst
or best thing? Imagine the Earth rejoicing
at the rise of such robots that
will ease our way to extinction.

Just for fun, Stephen Hawking on AI and some words about utopias, dystopias, and their anti-s.

23 thoughts on “Anti-Dystopian Fantasy”

      1. Seems that technology is always a double edged sword. It can be used for so many good things, and it can also make us lazy and dumbed down. Guess it’s a matter of choosing and using wisely. And not becoming too dependent on it, as we’ve started to do now. Good discussion!

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  1. They sort of scare me, but I can also see how useful they could be. . .
    I was listening to someone on NPR a week or so ago talking about how young kids think Alexa and such are real people, and so adults should be conscious of how they interact with them.

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