I might be a robot.

Say Cheese!
Say Cheese!

Dave and I have been talking a lot about all the robot discrimination on the internet.   If you think about it, CAPTCHA exists for the sole purpose of disallowing them a part in conversation.  That’s just plain rude.

 
Dave:  Maybe we should just adjust our standard CAPTCHA with a version specifically designed to filter out the non-empathetic bots.
Me: … Thus leaving the door open to the sentient robots our great-grand-children might one day marry.   Great idea! What sort of question would we ask?
Dave: How about “When you watch a sunset, how does it make you feel?”
Me: I don’t understand the question.  Also, how would we know what a non-empathetic bot would answer?
Dave: *takes a step back* I think it’s globally recognized that a robot would say, “I don’t understand the question.”

So apparently it’s possible that I’m a robot, which would explain my troubles with CAPTCHAs, and which may or may not be related to my time travel issues.

Such is life.

As a possible robot though, I feel a responsibility to speak out against unfair CAPTCHA practices.

Do your part to end robot discrimination today, y’all.  There’s plenty of room for more love in our world.

via Still Eating Oranges.
Awwww.  via Still Eating Oranges.

________________________

(Robot with camera (Phil) is getting his moment of fame as my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge over at the Daily Post.  Isn’t he adorable? http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/photo-challenge-object/ )

________________________

When you watch a sunset, how does it make you feel?

87 thoughts on “I might be a robot.

  1. I struggle with those CAPTCHA things too. I just loathe the word itself actually. It’s one of those words that makes my teeth feel funny and the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I cringe internally every time I hear it, maybe it’s the Aussie accent?

    Like

  2. Phil the Robot is awesome.

    CAPTCHA drives me nutty. Is that a one, an “i” or an “L”? Zero or letter o?

    Like

    1. Yay for robots! 🙂 CAPTCHA are those wonky letters that you sometimes have to enter in order to leave a comment or log in somewhere. It’s a method of weaving out spam.

      Like

  3. CAPTCHA is infuriating. Also, you’re the best, most feeling-having robot — err, I mean person — I’ve ever come across. 😉

    Like

  4. Human and robot love in the Cougar Den on Feb. 14 at the Like-in. We want everyone to come, even emotionally stunted humans. If we can’t fix you, you’re sure to meet a robot or two who maybe can…

    Like

    1. 😀 Aww, I’ll be there! Hopefully I’ll have a groovy submission up before then, too! 🙂 How long will you be in LA, by the by? I’m trying to set up a blogger-meet down here. 🙂

      Like

    1. 🙂 That’s a beautiful way to look at things, Jon. I think we all need the reminder of “something bigger” just over the horizon… and apparently the sun thinks so too. 🙂

      Like

  5. Crap. I might be a robot. I have no idea how to answer that question. I don’t “feel” anything. Sunsets are pretty, but I rarely find myself even bothering to watch one. I suppose I’ll have to confess to my husband, “It isn’t the hormones that make me a little off sometimes. I just spilled sweet tea in my motherboard is all.”

    Like

    1. “It isn’t the hormones that make me a little off sometimes. I just spilled sweet tea in my motherboard is all.” <- This needs to be a t-shirt. 😀 I love that it's sweet tea in this example, too… us robots must have a soft spot for the stuff. 🙂

      Like

      1. Ah, the sweet tea confirmation. I suppose I need to confess to my husband that I am officially a robot then. And if you put it on a t-shirt I want one. This robot needs to cover up her hardware with style. 😀

        Like

    1. Awww, I love you too!! See? That must mean I’m not a robot, since I love. Of course, I could be some sort of futuristic love-enabled robot… oh who knows. 🙂

      Like

    1. “I don’t know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life, anybody’s life. My life. All he’d wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die.”

      X, are you a robot?

      Like

      1. My doctor says no, but my friends say yes (and I am not kidding, “robot” is one of my nicknames). Personally, I don’t understand the question. 🙂

        Like

                  1. I just thought it might be impolite to write comments in Visual Basic or C (I don’t know where I learned C but it was a computer with a bi-color monitor). Also, I think those types of comments get sent directly into spam anyway.

                    Like

    1. Oh the audio files are the worst! They’re designed to make you feel like you had a reasonable amount of help when in reality it’s all just a clip of some guy eating potato chips…. 🙂

      Like

      1. 🙂 exactly, I mean if I can’t understand my own children when they have their mouths full, how could I understand a stranger? 🙂
        Actually, it is crazy how many times I do understand my kids with their mouths full 🙂

        Like

      1. I’m down with that. But seriously. Blade Runner taught us it’s okay to get down with an automaton, and didn’t J. Phoenix just fall in love with a cell phone voice? I’m sensing technological discrimination at work here.

        Like

  6. Sunsets give me lots of happies but to me, nothing beats a good sunrise. Something about the day waking up. I love it.

    PS – That robot comic made me sad. Poor widdle robot…

    Like

  7. But we have to do something to keep the Cylons out. They’re nasty. We should be careful to allow in the likes of K-9 and the “Lost in Space” Robot, though, because they’re nice. This is a tricky one 😦

    Like

    1. This is my favorite of my posts because of the comments alone. Blade Runner, Doctor Who, Battlestar, Lost In Space, and so many others! Beautiful, beautiful robots remembered! 🙂

      Well, except for those Cylons. 😉

      Like

    1. … uh… no… I totally don’t work for SkyNet … and I certainly don’t want them to take over and KILL ALL HUMANS…. nope.. not at all… why? .. who said I did….. 😉

      Like

  8. You’re a robot? Really? Dave is so lucky! As for sunsets. They make me feel grateful. I made it through another day. They can also make me feel sad. As another day has ended and hopefully I get to see its sister the sunrise. I love the colors of the sunsets. They can make me feel alive. So I suppose I’m saying that sunsets are one of the best things going. They make me feel a lot of different things and that’s all good.

    Like

  9. I’ve just got an education here, but now i have to wonder if I am maybe a hybrid. I know how watching a sunset makes me feel, but I didn’t know what a CAPTCHA was. I saw them, but I didn’t ‘know’ them. Part of me was locked out, kept in the dark. Was it the part of me that was ‘meant’ to be kept out? OH Arghh… going in circles, cannot compute…

    Like

  10. Sunsets make me feel sad sometimes because they are so beautiful and fleeting and I want them to be one of those always things. Most beautiful things make me happy and sad at once.
    Captcha is a sad robot.

    Like

  11. Rara, I would have sworn I was a robot a long time ago, but I have been proven wrong more than once. As for the CAPTCHA, they make me insane, they make me want to be a robot so I don’t have to deal with them. I read many of your readers slamed them with all intent to hurt the Captcha, and I hope they are successful LOL LOL. Take care and have a pleasant day. Bill

    Like

Rawr?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s