Robots

Recent history is the record of a vast conspiracy to impose one level of mechanical consciousness on mankind.

— Allen Ginsberg

You can only begin to de-robotize yourself to the extent that you know how totally you’re automated. The more you understand your robothood, the freer you are from it. I sometimes ask people, What percentage of your behavior is robot? The average hip, sophisticated person will say, Oh, 50%. Total robots in the group will immediately say, None of my behavior is robotized. My own answer is that I’m 99.999999% robot. But the .000001% percent non-robot is the source of self-actualization, the inner-soul-gyroscope of self-control and responsibility.

— Timothy Leary

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man’s nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become ‘Golems,’ they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.

— Erich Fromm, 1900-1980

The body and the mind are parts of a biological robot that our immaterial souls inhabit.

— Alan Moore

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