Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When I blinked like a fused robot

Robots fascinate me.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith, Shah Rukh Khan, Rajnikant…many top stars have acted in films depicting robots.
Decades ago, talking about machines when there was no television or computer at home, a Tamil film song went on like, “If we press a button, Idlis (south Indian dish) and coffee should reach us in a plate.” (Button-ai thatti vitaa rendu thattile idliyum kaappi namma pakkaththile vandhidanam).
Now, robots perform amazing deeds. NYT reported that the most valuable part of each computer, a motherboard loaded with microprocessors and memory, is largely made with robots.
Robots are used for critical surgeries. They don the roles of a personal assistant, traffic assistant, gift wrapper, receptionist or a worker of an automotive manufacturing line.  There are home robots that make salads and clean dishes.
When I mentioned all this to my colleague, she looked puzzled for a minute and then asked, “All’s well. But don’t you think we are now becoming robots and they are taking our role?”
I blinked like a fused robot.
Talking about robots, I remember a joke:
A robot displayed at a mall hugged those who told the truth, but slapped anyone who uttered a lie.
The first visitor shook its hand and said, “You are cute.” The robot hugged the guy.
The second person said, “My wife loves me the most.” He got a blow.
Then came Banta Singh. “I think…” he started.  Phattt… came the slap.


  1. Ha,ha...good one. I also liked your friend's comment because it makes sense. We forget the importance of being humane these days. Instead we become human slaves of gadgets! We do their bidding instead.

  2. The speed at which we are moving on with technology,it actually wont be long that except for one's spouse rest everything will be at the mercy of the Robot.
    And Santa....?

  3. lol..
    good one !
    We are not far from era where there will be interaction only through technology!

  4. Your friend has a valid point!

    The wit is funny.

  5. Ramesh ji.....

    Well... post is really nice. I liked it very much.

    Thanks and Congrats.

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  6. interesting post...

    happy xmas and newyear