Tuesday, September 11, 2007

You know, technology

When Apple released the iBook, nearly everyone killed them for not including disk drives. I know that I, too, was incredulous. "No disk drive?," I proclaimed. "Why, that's preposterous." Lo and behold, all these years later disks are as prominent as vinyl records, and everyone is using flash storage devices that connect to the computer via USB ports. What did iBooks have? Oh yes, they had USB ports. Apple was genius.

However, USB ports can't last forever. It's only a matter of time before something else replaces them, something faster and more powerful and even more useful. While this sounds great in terms of what we can accomplish as a society (presumably more work, more war, and more porn), it is creating a problem with me, especially because I do not have my thumb on the pulse of future tech like Apple does.

If I build a robot to carry forth my bidding now and into the deep future, I want it to be able to make use of the latest technology. Today's head crushing technology will seem quaint by tomorrow's standards, and I don't want my robot to be left behind with cars that run on leaded gasoline. Can you imagine if I built a robot in 1997? I hope so, because I'm not going to take the time to write about what it would have been like.

Well, anyway, one good thing about the exponential advancement of technology is that if my robot ever rebels against me, its master and creator, I can always go into hiding for five to ten years and wait for it to go obsolete. Then I can strike at its cold, mechanical heart.

Now all I have to do is learn how to build basic robotics and go from there.

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