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Post No.: 0221tomorrow

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

Okay, do you wanna play? Ruff!

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

?..

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

Okay. Say hello to my little friend!

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

…Whoa! So you’ve finally finished building your robot? It looks pretty epic!

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

Yes, just a couple of squirts of grease in the joints and I think it’s ready for its 1,331st trial.

 

Let’s do it!

 

(Lights flicker on, there’s some clichéd beeping and booping…)

 

The robot says:

 

Good morning. Would you like some gin in your porridge this morning?

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

Uh, it’s spouting utter nonsense.

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

Didn’t sound like nonsense to me(!) But just a few drops please – not enough to get me off my face. Thanks.

 

 

(The robot begins to glitch, fizz, billow smoke, then dies)

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

Oh… flipping… blooming… great(!)

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

Ah don’t be disheartened pup, I’m sure you’ll find out what’s wrong and figure out how to fix it.

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

I really wanted a cool robot to help around the kennel because I hate vacuuming up my own doggy dander, scrubbing my own paw prints and mopping my own drool drops. I also wanted something that could fetch me some puppy snacks and my slippers on demand.

 

We both talk about being cautious about relatively new or future technologies like AI and genetic engineering, and that we should try to anticipate their consequences. But I overall love new technology and want to have the stuff of tomorrow – like, today!

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

You know I love my gadgets too.

 

At least you’re a dog who does try to clean up after yourself. Not many dogs do that!

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

Where’s all that technology that was anticipated or dreamt about decades ago – genuinely hovering hoverboards, proper cloaking suits, lightsabers, teleportation devices, interstellar travel, living on other planets? It’s the 50th anniversary of the first crewed missions on the Moon and the last one so far was about 47 years ago…

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

People are still working hard on some of those ideas and goals, some other ideas might turn out to be technically or practically impossible, some other goals require the right political climate.

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

When I was a really really really young puppy (when I was even more puppier than today), I looked forward to all those sorts of things I saw in the movies and in development in real life but they still haven’t come true. Tomorrow hasn’t come, at least yet.

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

Well you’ve got to be in some ways glad that some of those sci-fi futures didn’t turn out to be true. I’m personally glad we’re not just popping boring meal pills for dinner!

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

…I guess that’s a fair point, and I suppose some technologies turned out to be better than anticipated at this stage, like mobile phones and smartwatches that have way more computing power than all of what NASA had during Apollo 11!

 

Tomorrow is still going to happen, especially if more boys and girls are encouraged to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

That’s the spirit! So are you going to continue tinkering with your robo-mech?

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

I’d love to but I’ve blown the budget! It’ll make a pretty geeky TV stand or lampshade.

 

…Fancy a game of table tennis?

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

With VR and lasers?

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

No, old school.

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

I’m serving first!

 

Furrywisepuppy says:

 

Woof!

 

Fluffystealthkitten says:

 

Meow!

 

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