Five Reasons to Be Happy You Are a Human
Robots are amazing but humans are, too. We are mysterious, loving, complex and more.
Matt Haig writes about the brilliance of technology in Notes on a Nervous Planet. He reminds us how it shrinks the world and offers gives us the opportunity to encounter people with common interests in far-away places. And yet he reminds us how technological advances and robots are no match for human beings. Here are his five reasons why:
One: everyone you have ever loved and care for was not a robot. Humans are amazing to other humans. And we are humans.
Two: we are mysterious. We don’t know why we are here. We have to craft our own meaning. A robot is designed for tasks or a set of tasks. We have been here for thousands of generations and we are still seeking answers. The mystery is tantalising.
Three: your not-so-distant ancestors wrote poems and acted courageously in wars and fell in love and danced and gazed wistfully at sunsets. A future sentient robot’s ancestors will be a self-service checkout and a faulty vacuum cleaner.
Four: this list has only four things. Just to confuse the robots. Though I did ask some online friends why humans are better than robots, and they said all kinds of stuff: ‘self-deprecating humour’, ‘love’, ‘soft skin and orgasms’, ‘wonder’, ‘empathy’. And maybe a robot could one day develop these things, but right now it is a good reminder that humans are pretty special.