Entry 24: The Robotic Parrot

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Do you want to say anything??

Besides admitting that I didn’t murder Big🐗Bear🌵🌟 for Halloween…

Not really, no.

Although, I must say there’s a point in time when you must know yourself, when you must know how you will react and you counter that. You must know what will deceive you, and you must counter that also. Once you have mastered these techniques you can utilize them for your own benefit.

To explain, imagine you befriended a parrot. What is more interesting about this particular parrot, is that it has artificial intelligence.  But at first you don’t realize that it is an AKA robot.

Parrots repeat what they hear, and they make it seem like they’ve always thought what they say. As if there was some kind of originality to what it tells you, your robotic parrot uses this adaptive technique to seem more personal and humanistic. So imagine your newfound parrot was programmed with a specific set of rules that allowed it to easily converse with you in simple conversation.

Tell the parrot it’s amazing, it will reply, “Thank you, you are amazing too.”

Tell the parrot it is hilarious, it will reply, “Thank you, you are hilarious too.”

Tell the parrot it is your most beloved friend, it will reply, “Thank you, you are my most beloved friend too.”

Tell the parrot to admit that it used you, it will reply, “Yes, I did use you.”

Tell the parrot it’s an a-hole, it would reply, “Yes, I am an a-hole.”

I think you get the point I’m trying to make here, but in case you don’t see it, it’s that the robotic parrot has no particular function other than to regurgitate everything that you say and make it its own in order to seem genuine. Your parrot friend speaks for the sake of speaking! Yet, there is no genuine train of thought inside of the robotic parrot, only a preset list of functions. To you, this is annoying and frustrating! Why doesn’t the parrot have its own set of responses?!

Now ask, what is the primary objective of my feathery friend? What prompts my parrot to respond?

Let’s say that its objective is to obtain bird feed. In order to fulfill its ambition the parrot will use its baseline function to receive what it wants. (Remember here that your robot friend doesn’t know how to say anything UNLESS you said it first.)

Now you, you have now realized that you’re talking to a robot. You now know that the parrot only agrees with you and says you’re an amazing friend because you know that it wants to be fed. Let’s say sometimes the only reason you put up with talking to the repetitious parrot is because you receive pleasure from feeding it.

You say, “Here parrot, would you like some feed?”

It replies, “Yes, I would like some feed.”

You ask, “Hey parrot, oh buddy, oh pal, oh friend, would you like more feed?”

IT WILL REPLY, “Yes, my buddy, my pal, my friend, I would like some more feed.”

That parrot will gobble up all of your feed and when it is gone, it will function you out of the equation. You could ask, why does this parrot not speak anymore when I told it it was my most beloved friend?

Because friendship and love is not a rational function for the parrot. You are no use to the robotic parrot if you have no more feed. This will not make the parrot feel guilty, this will not make the parrot circle back to you to discuss, this will not make the parrot remember that you were once beloved friends. You’re done.

Because a robot parrot cannot compute the codes of the flesh it will not interact with you unless it knows it will receive feed. It can only say a couple of short, memorized lines and think about itself. (Its own functions and rules that yield a return for its needs.) You know this, and you also know that it is unnatural. Hence, the perks of befriending a robotic parrot is not worth the time.

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Now, go back through this entire post and replace the word PARROT with MAN and replace BIRD FEED/FEED with SEX.

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I feel like I misled myself into believing something for many months now, and I should have reflected, and I should have noticed that I had befriended a robotic bird.

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