We Are Automatic

We are automatic
Cultural automata
Meme carriers
We were already robots
When we made the first robots

Our intelligence was artificial
We forgot everything but numbers
Then we forgot what the numbers meant
This happened before AI happened

No one can recall the Singularity
It’s me in my machine
And you in yours
Nodes in a network
Electromagnetic
Waves I mean
We’re waves

Be still
Feel the ripples
That’s your time
Some of yours is the same as mine
Their echoes are our lives
Before now and in the future
Wavicles in time and space

It is always this way
This is how it is
We’re energetic minds
It’s form that changes
We prefer numbers and code
Over blood and flesh
Yet what we want
More than life herself
Is violence and sex

We are automatic
Cultural automata
Meme carriers
We were already robots
Then we made the first robots

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We Are Automatic – Tullio – 2015

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4 responses to “We Are Automatic

  1. Rebecca Tompkins

    I really enjoyed this poem. It makes me think about the fact that everything we as humans do is because we have been taught to think and act certain ways, as if we were programmed, which draws the comparison to robots. It makes me want to be able to break free from the code of life and what is expected of me.

  2. Ashley

    I really enjoyed this poem. It makes me think that, as you said in the poem, we are already robots. Most of us have routine we follow or certain rules and regulations. We might be trying to create actual robots but are we already ourselves a version of them. Makes me want to break out of the normal.

  3. Kimberly

    “We were already robots / Then we made the first robots”

    I thought the ending was so clever. Was it this line that inspired the whole poem?

    If we’re not following our inner truths, we’re simply regurgitating what was spoon feed to us since before we can remember. It’s safe, familiar, even easy to let others convince you on how to properly live your life. Everyday, people are chasing dreams that aren’t even theirs.”Programmed” to go to school, get a job, settle down, have a family; to live for “honor’s” sake. Before you know it, it’s over, and your image is all you have to fall back on for any sense of fulfillment.

    It’s because some of us have learned to ignore that voice that’s inside all of us. But what would happen if we taught our children to think for themselves? To listen, trust, feel, appreciate, get to know, love, value, *believe* in themselves? They would be so powerful, right out of our grasp of control. And so, the cycle perpetuates. Out of fear. We only follow the voices of others when we learn not trust our own. It doesn’t have to be that way.

    “We’re waves / Be still / Feel the ripples / That’s your time / Some of yours is the same as mine / Their echoes are our lives / Before now and in the future”

    When we choose to live out our most authentic selves, we inspire others to do the same. Gandhi stated beautifully, “Our life is Our Message”.

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