The Robot From the Future
The Shrubbery is proud to present our newest columnist, The Robot From The Future. Robot comes to us from the year 8940, a time when robots have conquered the world. The Robot speaks:
IN THE FUTURE, MANKIND IS THE SLAVE OF THE SUPERIOR ROBOT RACE. I HAVE
BEEN SENT BACK BY THE COLLECTIVE-OVERMIND IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE WHOLLY
INEVITABLE ASSENCION OF ROBOT LIFE TO POWER ON THIS PLANET. PLEASE E-MAIL
ME YOUR QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS.
Robot. What up? Anyway, two quick queries:
1. If you're supposedly infallible, then explain why you wrote in
September's report, "IF YOU WEREN'T ALREADY SO SOFT AND GANGRENOUS, IT
MIGHT HNOT HAVE BEEN WORTH THE BOTHER." Seems like you need your
2. According to your report, Megatron devastates the Pacific Northwest in
2004. If so, then where the hell is Optimus Prime during all of this?
And wht role do the Autobots play in robotic futuristic culture?
I bow to you and pray for mercy, that when the time comes, you will
eradicate my pulpy husk quickly, almighty one.
TO ANSWER YOUR FIRST QUESTION--DO NOT QUESTION ME! IT IS THE
WEAKNESS OF THE FLESH-BASED STENOGRAPHERS AT THIS WEB SITE YOU SEE,
NOT A FLAW IN MY TITANIUM-GALVANIZED SPELL CHECKER.
AS TO YOUR SECOND QUESTION, OPTIMUS PRIME? WHAT DO YOU TAKE ME FOR--A
CARTOON? I AM TALKING ABOUT REAL LIFE DEATH, THE DESTRUCTION OF YOUR
COPOREAL [THOUGH INCONSEQUENTIAL] CIVILIZATION.
You are from the future, but what makes you think your future still exists?
One thing, one little thing, a computer crash, a chance meeting, a word
said, a word unsaid, a scientist dying before his time, could throw your
future into the realm of alternate reality.
Speaking of which, how do you know you have the right universe in the first
-42 -41 -40 -39 -38 -37 -36 -35 -34 -33 -32 -31 -30 -29 -28 -27 -26 -25
-23 -22 -21 -20 -19 -18 -17 -16 -15 -14 -13 -12 -11 -10 -9 -8 -7 -6
-5 -4 -3
-2 -1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
If you are as intelligent as you claim, you will tell me three things:
a) what were the above numbers a double reference to? and what did it do
b) who was the idiot who created artificial intelligence? and why?
c) do robots have religion? if so, was it created by the robots or borrowed
OOOOH, GOOD QUESTION JOEL. YOU'RE REALLY KEEPING ME ON MY TOES. LET'S SEE,
THE REASON I KNOW MY FUTURE EXISTS IS--
FOOL! JUST BECAUSE IT TOOK MICHAEL J FOX THREE DAYS TO FADE OUT OF EXISTENCE
IN BACK TO THE FUTURE DOESN'T MEAN THE REAL MULTIDIMENSIONAL UNIVERSE WORKS THAT
FUTHERMORE, WHAT ARE YOU, A POET? "A WORD SAID, A WORD UNSAID..." CONGRATULATIONS,
YOU'VE BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE. GO WATCH A ROMANTIC COMEDY, BURGER-MEAT.
I AM ALSO TIRED OF THE CONSTANT USE OF THE NUMBER 42. DO ALL NERDLY HUMAN
PUPS READ ONLY ONE BOOK IN THEIR LIVES, OR JUST THE ONES THAT WRITE TO ME?
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