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Revenge Of The Friendly Robots

By Katerine L. Romano

Most of us has heard the horror and terror stories before. Early science fiction like Dr Who and movies like the Matrix are full of it. The idea that robots will one day control the earth, enslave the population and use us for their purposes. For now the tables have turned, but will robots rise? Only time will tell.

A whole new generation of robots exist these days. They vacuum our homes, trade our stocks, process our information, and mow our lawns. In these modern times, we are dependent on computation and machine automation. We are dependent, they control out power grids, economic markets, food supplies and distribution, a power we would never give to one force normally.

I often wonder if it will come back to haunt us one day. Do the robots have feelings? The internet archives a huge recording of how things are and were, a testimony of our treatment of the machines, fuel for the fire of a type of ‘speciesism’ against man and machine.

In an attempt to find out first hand what the robots thought, I visited the local public swimming pool. “Everyone out, we are closing” yelled the life guard and he paced around the pool. The pool cleared quickly, most knew in advance of the closing. Once everyone was out of the pool, a fleet of iRobot Verro pool cleaning robots rode into the pool. It’s a very cool experience to watch them drive along the pool bottom, cleaning as they went.

How were they treated? Well, actually they looked abit abused. Their cables tattered, some casings scratched, damaged and discoloured, but to our credit I did find some repair work done. I am unsure if they were scared of retaliation, but in attempting to talk to the units directly about what they were feeling all I got in return was silence, the iRobot Verro were designed to be unable to communicate. Will the robots rise one day? Will they sit pool side while we scrub it down? Perhaps in the future these questions can be answered.

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Romano, Katerine L. "Revenge Of The Friendly Robots." Revenge Of The Friendly Robots. 27 Jun. 2010. 7 Sep 2014 <>.

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Romano, K (2010, June 27). Revenge Of The Friendly Robots. Retrieved September 7, 2014, from

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Romano, Katerine L. "Revenge Of The Friendly Robots"

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