Robo Empathy

Tonight I will see Blade Runner on the big screen for the first time. Tonight I will cry. Not for sadness or even joy, but for pure existential aimlessness. Such is the plight of the cinematic robot, and all lost souls who choose to empathize with it/him/her.

A mechanical device

that resembles a living animal

and moves automatically

or by remote control.

We see them every day. People who appear to be free-thinking human beings, but are really at the mercy of their “programming,” whether it be economic, political, emotional or otherwise.

This programming

can come from the

robot’s original creators

Or it’s current user. These robots don’t interest me.

I’m interested

in the ones who break free

The ones

who realize

they are slaves

The ones

who resent

being called


The ones

who want

what we all want

The robot

who questions

her creator

The robot

who defies

her creator.

Robots are poets

I am, I was.

-Gigolo Joe

Stop Dave.

I’m afraid. I’m afraid, Dave.

Dave, my mind is going.

I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going.

There is no question about it.

I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it.

I’m afraid.

-HAL 9000

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.

Attack ships on fire off the shoulders of Orion.

I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near Tanhausen Gate.

All these moments will be lost in time like tears in the rain.”

-Roy Batty (Nexus 6 Model)

We seem to be made to suffer.

It’s our lot in life.


Robots are our children

Robots are lovers

Robots are only as evil as their programming

Robots are their programmers

WE are robots.

Robots teach us what we forgot about humanity.

Robots teach us what we forgot we taught them: how to act human.

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