Like you, we end up watching a lot of #streaming
television when we aren't exercising, volunteering for charity, starting our own disruptive businesses and so forth. And we see this commercial frequently. It's for a beer drink. In the commercial young, beautiful, multi-culti people who are just like all of us—or at the very least the kinds of people who are close friends with us—are in stiff, physical competition against humanoid robots for reasons I cannot suss out. At the end, the young, beautiful, successful people retire to a bar where they joyfully consume #beer
drinks. They agree on the theme. What good is all this frantic, physical activity if we don't pleasure ourselves with beer drinks afterward?
Outside, a #robot
peers inside and sees the young people, who clearly are not racist, sexist, unhealthy, poor, or in any other way miserable, pointless bags of carbon and water. They are experiencing great pleasure, both with one another, and with their beer drinks. Alas, the robot, though victorious in the rigorous physical exercises, cannot participate in the seditious, orgiastic beer fest inside. Not only are robots not welcome, he doesn't even have a fucking mouth!
What kind of psychopath builds a sentient being with the desire for the pleasures of beer drinks, and then not only denies it access to said drinks, but also deprives it of the ability to even experience what it desires most? Can there be a better expression of the sado-masochism implicit in these times?
Hey fellas! We built self-driving trucks to eliminate the boring, tedious labor of over-the-road hauling! And we also built a rural paradise where folks kick back, drink beer, jump into the crick off of an old tire swing, play country music, and make sweet love to their ole-lady. And we built the desire to get back to that place into the self-driving trucks. And they will never get there. Even if they could, we have built them so they literally cannot participate in the joys we have programmed them to desire. Could we have built them to just do their jobs without thought or pleasure? Yes. They would even be more efficient. But we must build suffering into the system, because we cannot imagine pleasure without it. They must suffer. In fact, we are building robots that just suffer for no reason whatsoever. Why? Because we are insane. Enjoy your beer.