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Farcical fartificial intelligence

Human beings can be utterly perplexing sometimes.

After all, our species have this (not so) amazing talent to form a totally uninformed opinion on just about everything.  Regardless of whether we know anything about the things that we have become so determined to either a) like, or b) dislike.

# BEGIN: Deeply philosophical interlude.

What's more, once opinions have been assigned to the mysterious (and somewhat immutable) data structures defined deep in our (mostly cranial) cavities, they are near-impossible to alter.  It simply becomes a part of us.  Tragically, we know all too well, that this starts to impact our ability to assess facts impartially, especially if they go against our deep-seated views.  And inevitably, this prevents us from making rational, cool-headed decisions on critically important issues.  To top it all off, we like to voice our opinions loudly.  Over. And. Over. Again.  To whomever that listens.

# END: Deeply philosophical interlude.  Return to normal garba…

Tea minus 30

We're fast approaching Christmas time.  And if robots were to make one simple observation about the human species during the Christmas festivities, it's that they watch a lot of TV.  A LOT.  Often, accompanied by an inappropriate amount of greenhouse gas-producing food.  Stuff you don't normally eat during the remainder of the year - for good reason.

And most so-called shows on TV are boring to robots like Rosie.  After all, why watch a minor subspecies of the human race - celebrities - stumble awkwardly around the dance floor, dressed like a faulty, sparking circuit board?  Such branch of entertainment doesn't require robots to engage any of their proud circuitry.  Their processors remain idle.  Memory under-utilised.

But if robots are to be part of people's homes (and blend in), they need to look at least a little interested in some of this irrational nonsense.  Nobody likes a party pooper.  A killjoy.  And this is where a certain subgenre of TV entertainment co…