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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Should I feel bad about insulting a robot?

Asked by RealEyesRealizeRealLies (30874points) May 5th, 2010

So I pay my bill by phone and the nice robot voice wants to know how IT performed on a scale of 1 to 5. I rated IT as a 1.

IT said, “Sorry to hear that”.

And now I feel bad… I got my bill paid just fine, much quicker, easier, and cheaper to pay by phone. ButIT misunderstood my instructions numerous times causing me to repeat myself… And, IT kept going on and on and on with option after option that IT was practically being rude… in a very nice way of course.

But I sensed a bit of sadness in IT’s voice when I gave IT the lowest rating. And now I feel bad for IT. After all, IT’s just trying to do ITs job… Isn’t IT?

Or is IT trying to do anything at all? Is IT even aware that I’m talking to IT? Who the HELL programmed that sad voice into IT? I want to punch them!

What if IT gets a lot of bad ratings? Will IT be replaced by another Bill Bot? That might cause IT to become depressed and turn to the bottle, or drugs. If IT gets fired then IT might even turn to crime or prostitution to make ends meet. What have I done? And what the HELL is IT that I was talking to?

Did IT even know I was on the other line? Does IT even know that I exist? Am I anything more than a number to IT?

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talljasperman's avatar

Robot oppression should be stopped…free robots now It sounds like your being whipped by the machines again…don’t feel bad if you were being honest to the robot.

Seaofclouds's avatar

We should give all the robots poor ratings so the can be freed.

Vunessuh's avatar

Your question made me chuckle out loud.

I can give IT a blow job if you want. Then maybe you won’t feel so bad. I’m sure IT will enjoy IT. But then again, if IT only gives me a 1 out of 5 on the blow job, the vicious cycle starts all over again and then I’ll end up being the one resorting to drug use and crime just to make ends meet. Okay, so I didn’t think this plan all the way through. Regroup. I’ll get back to you later.

absalom's avatar

Perhaps you were speaking with a cyborg, in which case yes, you should feel bad.

But robots also have souls, you know. Remember this next time you deal with one.

wundayatta's avatar

@Vunessuh If it’s a robot, I think it has to be a virtual blowjob. Of course, anyone can give those. Even be good at it. Just say so.

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies I hereby relieve you of any guilt in responding in any way shape or form to any robot, computer or other human programmed device. They don’t have feelings, so you don’t have to care.

Of course, robots are programmed by humans and humans might collate the answers to robot questions. But any human hiding behind a robot gets no sympathy from me. On the other hand, if a human makes it’s presence clear through a robot, that’s a different story. When I set up an online survey, I try to personalize it and show who I am behind it. I think it makes a difference, although, of course, most people cringe when I show who I am, so sometimes I pretend to be Cindy Crawford. She’s pretty, at least.

Vunessuh's avatar

@wundayatta Virtual blowjobs can still be rated and it sounds like that robot wants his revenge. >.<

wundayatta's avatar

@Vunessuh What did you do? Use too much teeth? What does robot cock taste like, anyway? Is it like machine oil, or more like ozone? Oh never mind. TMI.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

This thread has certainly taken unexpected directions. @Vunessuh you seem to have some strong sexual impulses. They might be better directed at humans ~
Clearly my wife has been away for too long for my preferences.

talljasperman's avatar

@Vunessuh are you going to make Bob_ his sandwich?

Vunessuh's avatar

@Dr_Lawrence I just feel bad for the sad robot. XD
@talljasperman Are you gunna make me my sandwich?

talljasperman's avatar

@Vunessuh O.k. how about a croissant with chocolate spread with sliced bananas and peanut butter?

Cruiser's avatar

Hell hath no fury like a robot scorned! I pray for your soul as you are now on every robot list and you may as well take your own life now and get it over with.

anartist's avatar

You were very polite. Robots have me screaming obscenities in between screaming “human being, human being.” And I’ll be damned if those robots don’t treat me appropriately and hang up on me!

BTW your robot reminds me of Marvin.

ucme's avatar

Byte me, is what i’d have to say to the voices in my phone.

ValerieTeacup's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies: You’re so sweet, but it’s okay. Be happy. :D <3

WolfFang's avatar

Ahaha! lol what were you on when you wrote this, caus I want in. I’m pretty sure IT knows not the fullness of your or IT’s existence your just a number to it. And yes it was probably some scheming human that programmed IT to sound sad, just to make you react in such a way lol

lazydaisy's avatar

Was it named Hal, by any chance?

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