End of Individualism and the Rise of the Bots

In Business on December 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Soon you will have an army of bots descending on your town – selling everything from biscuits to cauliflowers. The wheels are already in motion. You see the rise of botdom everywhere.

 I realized this while ordering a Re 300 Margarita Pizza at our neighborhood Pizza outlet.

 A unisex uniformed BOT took the order. No, I don’t remember the person taking the order. The Pizza Company had succeeded in taking the individual out of the person. It was  a mere shell of a person – a BOT taking orders. The BOT had a company manual compliant smile #1 firmly in place while it was taking the order. A medium Margarita Pizza, sir. Do you want ketchup? Do you like my company manual compliant smile #1 smile, Sir?

 I must say no effort was spared to ensure I noticed the company manual complaint Smile #1.  This was important because later on I was given a form with a single question – did the BOT serve me with a smile or not.

This is the end of anarchy.

Before you jump the gun and start lambasting me for harboring leftist ideology let me tell you anarchy is good. It is the only way to ensure equality in society by breaking down established orders.

A small businessman is an anarchist because he is not part of any organized order. He is there on his own – buying goods, selling goods. He is independent. This exactly the sort of entity the governments don’t like.  Variables are dangerous. They have a voice. They are not trained to act in a particular way or behave in a Pavlovian way.

 BOTS have no personality. They just serve their masters. The tragedy is they don’t even know the damage causing to PEOPLE. You can’t blame BOTS. They have been trained. You tell them to jump they will jump.

Biting into the Re 300 Margarita Pizza and hating myself I looked at the tea stall outside. The tea seller had more personality than any of the BOTS inside. Every time I went there to have my “Chai” he actually smiled and the smile actually registered on his face and None of that Company Manual Compliant Smile #1 you see at BOTDOM.

Each independent businessman is an act of anarchy in the face of standardization. Every “Samosa”, every cigarette sold, every “Chai” you drink supports anarchy.

It is an anti government as it can get because the government clearly wants them out. Get them in unisex uniforms, snatch away their freedom, give them an ID card, give them a number, standardize, standardize….

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