Khush: Are robots going to be a threat to society?
Harry: Which society?
Khush: What do you mean?
Harry: Our society or theirs?
Khush: What? Their society? What are we talking about?
Harry: Don’t you know?
Khush: Don’t you know what?
Harry: Are you going to only ask questions?
Khush: Aa ha, now I know, you are just pulling my leg. No more questions. I am just worried about what I read in the papers.
Harry is amused when Khush shows him the article in The Times of India titled Skin with Sense of Touch Created for Robots.
Harry: Ha ha, this will worry brothel owners around the world.
Khush: Why them?
Harry: Because of Fanny – a brothel’s £72-an-hour sex doll. It has been such a hit with clients that it has become more popular than real prostitutes. It is often completely booked for several days in a row. This is what The Mirror, UK reports.
Khush: Wow! Now they are going to be sensual too.
Harry: Yes. Moreover, with artificial intelligence taking the lead, robots are going to replace your friends as they will be programmed to do as you please without getting under your skin unlike humans.
Khush: Holy crap! We don’t know what can happen in times to come.
Harry: We don’t have a choice. 24/7 attention with zero hang ups is too tempting to resist.
Khush: Is this really possible?
Harry: Of course it is, a bit futuristic that’s all. It’s already making business sense.
Khush: It may not, as they will not be affordable.
Harry: Just wait and watch! Leave it to the Chinese to make it affordable, give them some time to get over their teething problems.
Khush: My God! What if you are right? It would be hell. How did this come upon us?
Harry: How? Greed, insecurity, fear! We’ve done this to ourselves. For centuries we have fought to prove that we are the best, our religion is the only true one. In the name of God, we have committed the biggest immoral acts. Moral, ethics and the code of conduct have been created by those who are insecure. These are the people who impose their dos and don’ts on us.
Khush: We have already suffered by going against the laws of nature. And now the robots! What do we do? Did you really mean they will have their own society when you asked which society I was talking about?
Harry: Yes! They will have a society of their own. Their language is different as they follow the binary code. Facebook conducted experiments on artificial intelligence where they made two robots talk to each other. Shockingly, the robots took over and the researchers couldn’t understand the conversation. They were not in control. They panicked and switched off the button.
Khush: Horrifying! You are right, our greed has no limits. Once we create them, they could assume control. That will be a major threat.
Harry: Yes! To all the smart people.
Khush: What do you mean?
Harry: The crafty ones. No one can be smarter or more efficient than robots. Only the arty ones will survive. Art demands original thinking.
Khush: The arty ones in India have been rotting. They live in a world of their own and considered fools.
Harry: A fool does not know that he is a fool simply because he is not one. We are! It is an irony that the people of this country so rich in spirituality are now just aping the West. On the other hand, having discovered our spiritual energy, the West is adopting our culture.
Khush: Very true! So what do we do?
Harry: Nothing. We have spiritual energy, which helps understand the world and its problems, the sufferings and the craftiness. On the one hand we are victims of peer pressure while on the other, we know the purity of truth. If we believe in ourselves, no robot can conquer our faith.
Neither man, nor machine can replace its creator.