Friday, June 22, 2012

Bathroom Monologue: Automaton Logic


They didn't think, and so they didn't think people should object. They, the automatons, the automobiles, the trash combustors and war machines, did not die. They persisted. Their creators all died, and at fairly calculable intervals. They had died for countless generations, and every generation died. Clearly the automatons could help them in this cause, shoveling their dead into the furnaces to help power their mechanical innards. It was only compliant to help more. They might as well shovel the living into their furnaces, thereby continuing to power themselves and helping their living creators achieve their goal of dying. It was a perfect system. That their creators fled made no sense to them. It would have confused the automatons, if the automatons ever thought. They did not think, though. They shoveled and burned.

12 comments:

  1. A very chilling example of closed-oom logic. The brevity of the text definitely helps make its point.

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  2. Lovely! Makes me want to re-watch the Animatrix.

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  3. A very dark version of "Wall-E" I'd say! Have the machines given any thought to depleting their power supply?

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  4. This reminds me of that Ray Bradbury story about the automated house... "There Will Come Soft Rains", I think. Creepy vibe.

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  5. I like how they can't figure out why their creators are running away. I bet the creators are wishing they had devoted more time to developing renewable/clean energy.

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  6. Chilling! This is what happens when there is no thought. Not confined to automatons. Sadly.

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  7. Bet the automatons will figure out how to keep them from fleeing.

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  8. Kind of the automatons to be so helpful. Reminds me of why I prefer my automatons with an off switch, preferably a clapper.

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  9. I didn't think this was bloody great. I simply shoveled the words into my brain and let them burn on my memory.

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  10. Eek! Talk about a viscous circle!

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  11. Eek! Talk about a viscous circle!

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