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July 27, 2013

As Time Goes By: I want to talk to a real person before the robots take over


We are slowly moving into a world where “robots” are making inroads every day. 

There is that round thing that runs around your house vacuum cleaning the floors while you sleep. I always wanted to get one and have it under the bed so I could skateboard it for a fast trip to the bathroom.

Our truck talks to us all the time. It’s like having a backseat driver. To add to the insult, we have a GPS that keeps telling us, “At your earliest convenience, make a legal U-turn.” We followed her instructions to the letter and got hopelessly lost in 15 minutes. We knew we were in trouble when the GPS told us to drive the truck into the ocean and start swimming.

This is the way it starts. The mechanized voice asking us questions and ultimately it will resolve itself into servant robots that are programmed to do our will. Maybe we could elect them to the Senate or the Assembly and then we will get something done.

As time goes by, we will remember this opportunity when we could have taken back our world before the robots took over. 

“What’s that honey? To resist is futile? Oh oh, we’re in trouble.”

Henry Geerken is a three-time NYSUT award-winner writing humorous articles addressing retiree and senior citizen concerns. Geerken also writes for Sail-World, World Cruising Newsletter, regarding his many humorous sailing episodes through the years. He can be reached by email at ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at




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