At least R2D2 tries to speak in first person because that’s how people speak. I this, I that. It doesn’t matter to me that his speech is in beeps and dings because he’s trying.
I can’t say the same for other robots in the twittersphere whose daily existence involves automatic broadcasts of press releases and other information fed to their feeds from external sources.
The White House, to hypostasize the institution, is a robot. Every outgoing message looks like this:
The Northwest Florida Daily News is also a robot, using a similar format that points pawns of people to a remote item of social media:
U.S. Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) not only talks like a robot but he talks about himself in third person! This is when C3PO would come in handy…
Ed Kohler of Technology Evangelist recently suggested that the most followed Twitter feeds broadcasted the most amount of robotic jargon. His rationale is people seek out quality and content with robots they can’t find with human peers.
Chris Brogan is one of those people, as someone who used to oppose robots but now embraces them if he finds value in their message.
Maybe people like Ed and Chris prefer receiving news and other content from automatons.
Not me, which is why I do not advocate you follow the advice to get 1000 followers on Twitter. You can follow the advice if you want, but you’ll be following robots.
I have nothing against building robots, though, which can be very helpful cleaning rooms and pouring coffee. Here’s a guide to build a Twitter robot slave and here’s a different guide to build a Twitter talking robot.
What’s next? Human-robot marriage?
As the web gets more and more social, I prefer to read a message from a person, or in the case of R2D2 and NASA satellites, a robot trying to be like a person.
Robots can follow me all they want but until the day comes when a robot can speak through artificial intelligence and not with human innovation, I won’t befriend one. Other than R2D2 and higher lifeforms like he.
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