George Orwell’s book, “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s, “Brave New World,” seemed far fetched back when I read these books, but not any more. Evidently those books have seen a resurgence of interest lately. Let’s just scope in on one area of change.
With genetic engineering we can almost design our offspring to fit our preferences. Women can carry and have a baby for someone else. I remember reading about a pregnant man. Talk about a guy who needs a group hug…or a lobotomy. Women can have a litter by taking a pill. Can you imagine the feeding frenzy when eight little suckers fight for a nozzle on the “Octomom?” Remember her? She’s the woman who spit out an entire litter in one sneeze.
I’ll bet they’re working on a process to create a new species of computerized quasi-humans. Some of us already have mechanical parts. My new knee starts walking when I’m asleep. If I had two, I’d probably find myself half-way to town before I woke up. I’ve kicked poor old Dakota off the bed more than once. I don’t know where Gayle went.
We are coming up with all kinds of innovative techniques to modify who and what we are. Mel Brooks said, “It’s good to be king.” Some people go further and say, “It’s good to be God.” Evidently God didn’t get it right.
Michael Jackson changed from a black man into a white woman. Based on his jerky body movements, he may have actually been a hyperkinetic robotic clone. In some ways we are going beyond Huxley’s, “Brave New World” and Orwell’s predictions. It won’t be long before we won’t know who is 100% human and who is a mechanical clone.
I just read a news item where robot sex is currently under development. These creations look and feel human, according to one report. The cost of these machines may be off-set by the fact that a man won’t have to pay for dinner, wine, flowers, and all the other “preliminary” stuff and women won’t need to pretend to be in love. Just press the right button and they’re ready to go, which is not much of a change when you think about it.
The definition of marriage has been broadened to the point that someone might actually marry one of those “humanoid” machines. I’m not sure why a man would want to take the chance that a divorce could give his ex-robot his house and half his retirement. And what would a woman gain from divorce from a robot? Maybe a mechanical arm and a leg. It’s safer to just buy one of these things on EBay and stay uncommitted.
They say that you will be able to design your own robotic “partner.” You can pick height, sex, body dimensions, facial characteristics, hair color, and even whether or not you want them to talk. That “talk” option on the order form would rarely be checked by men unless he could program the exact dialogue, like, “You’re wonderful.” “You’re the only man I’ve ever loved”- goofy stuff like that.
I’ll bet that when a woman chooses her ideal robot man, his vocabulary would be limited to, “It’s my fault” and “I’m sorry.” Human husbands learn these two phrases early.