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COLUMN 109, SEPTEMBER 1, 2004
(Copyright 2004 The Blacklisted Journalist)

I, ROBOT
I, CORPORATION

I don't have to see the movie, I, Robot. I already know what it's about. Humankind invents a robot and the robot turns against humankind. Just like in real life. Humankind invented a robot a long, long time ago and the robot has turned against humankind. This is the story of a robot we can call I, Corporation.

We must never forget that as a robot, I, Corporation is not a human entity and has no human feeling. As a robot, I, Corporation was designed and programmed solely to accomplish something that a group of humans couldn't do individually. I, Corporation was invented for no other purpose than to amass wealth and power.

To accomplish its task, I, Corporation demands mindlessness from anyone within its embrace and so it is programmed to roboticize those minds. I, Corporation programs everyone within its embrace---owners, board members, shareholders, executives, employees, whoever makes use of what it markets, anyone it provides with sustenance or does business with---to think the way I, Corporation thinks. Like a robot. Which is not to think at all. Robots don't think, they just do! I, Corporation demands that everyone within its embrace be as programmed as a worker or a soldier ant in an ant colony. Each ant does its job automatically!

The world is already overpopulated with such robots. We have big I, Corporations. We have little I, Corporations.  Many of these robots even have differing personalities. Some show different


Have
YOU
been roboticized?


faces. But whatever the face or personality of the robot, we must never forget that the face is a false one. Along with its personality, the robot's face has been designed for no other reason than to enable the robot to attain the robot's aim and to accomplish its task. And the robot is designed to pursue its goals ruthlessly.

Unencumbered by human constraints---unable to feel any human emotions or experience human concerns---these robots are programmed to go to any extreme. To lie, to charm, to cajole, to deceive, to cheat, to steal, to threaten, to kill. To use whatever means necessary. These robots are designed to let nothing stand in the way of what they've been designed to accomplish. Robots can't give birth to babies and so they do not experience the concerns of parenthood. Of the environment. Of the quality of human life. I, Corporations don't care if the pollution from its smokestacks will lead to the ultimate extinction of the human race. Nothing matters to this robot other than its function, which is the accumulation of power and profit.

Since these robots were first invented, they have kept duplicating until they are so numerous and so powerful that we now have a society of I, Corporations. Robots with similar tasks have allied to produce super robots, designed to accomplish what the robots in their alliance couldn't do individually. These super robots are multiplying and creating alliances to produce super, super robots. Until we have an unstoppable robotic force. And just like in the movie, these robots have turned against humankind. They are now in the process of taking over the world by remaking humans in their own image---by roboticizing the world's inhabitants.  By prograrming us all not to think but to act automatically. Even against our own best self-interests.  ##  


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