I wrote this in early October of 2013. I’m not sure if this poem is trying to say that cybernetics is cool or scary…or both. Realistically, I suppose the concept of cybernetics is both cool and scary. It has a potential to be a positive transformation. And yet, in the wrong hands, it would be a devastatingly awful thing to unleash on the world.
(poem after the photo)
Glowing Tulip (c) May 2012 by Windy Johansen.
Cybernetic (This New Invention)
we’ve made this new invention
it’s cell-sized and glorious
it’s tiny and wonderful
and it will change your life
storing data, chewing numbers
drawing original scenes
measuring everything in a flash
if you can think it, you can be it
it’s something more perfect than you
making you more perfect than you
you’ve bought this new perfection
you’ve grown to be powerful
you’ve overcome all your faults
and you can’t be more free
scoring higher, crunching numbers
meeting magnificent goals
controlling every part of your fate
cybernetic perfection if you can think it, you can be it cybernetic perfection it’s something more perfect than you making you more perfect than you cybernetic perfection
It was then that the black and grey laptop laughed its processor right out of its socket.
“Run that program? Are you mad?”
What does this inspire in you?
Here’s some questions to ask yourself:
Why is it laughing at the idea of running that program? Is it underpowered or overpowered for the job? Is it just an affront to its AI pride?
How has it attained sentience?
Does it wish for a different (possibly more humanoid) shape?
Is it secretly some sort of spy, planted to turn us all into…something disastrous? If so, is it good at acting, or is it like GLaDOS from the Portal series — 900% creepy nearly all the time?
I grew up with a free and open internet. I found my friends and my family there. I will not allow this attack on our way of life to go uncontested. The internet is, first and foremost, a tool for communications.
#StoptheFCC from redefining it as yet another way for companies to control what we see and know. Call, write letters, make a ruckus. :D
"Make a ruckus." -- Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC commissioner
"I aim to misbehave." -- Firefly
Message to you.
Thanks for coming by! I hope life is being good to you. I know sometimes life is cruel, so here's a *hug* from someone who cares.