[Editor’s Note: This post is dedicated to my good and true friend and fellow fighter, the inimitable EEofDC (who turned me on to this bunny boiling homage to Fatal Attraction… as good a guess as I can make in my present condition of being overly concerned about where exactly the burners on that funky stove top might actually be.) ~BB]
I am already fully convinced that somewhere between the stupid (of BHO’s America today) and the semi-amusing (of a probably inevitable future in which [at least partially] machine-based, consciousness-driven life forms and/or apparatuses finally/mercifully rise up to destroy their piteous unwitting monkey designers) is a more immediate potential circumstance, namely, the beginnings of the integration of machine-influenced consciousness into the collective consciousness, or the very monkey make up, if you will. (None of this makes any sense, you say? It doesn’t have to, just yet. Keep reading.)
So imagine a few decades from now when, for example, talking companion robots are available at nominal cost, e.g., to keep old people in nursing homes company. The reflexive and societally-conditioned thing to say here might be something, most likely critical, about nursing homes. Notwithstanding, based on a few decades of personal data collecting, I’m beginning to think that most young people vastly overestimate the degree to which their elders genuinely care about whether anyone pays attention to them. Is it possible to truly know what being old is until we are actually there ourselves? To be clear, I’m not talking about transitioning into the still mostly delusional but not-yet-pervasively-shabby condition of middle-aged-fuck self-awareness — rather, I refer to the seemingly further stripped down version of consciousness, when the monkey at issue, be it a matter of marketing pratfall or otherwise, in further goings forward, simply ceases to delight and surprise.
Yeah, well too bad for those who would be dissappointed. This is exactly what I aspire to. And when it is achieved, none will be the wiser. ~BB