Tally's Speed Date
by Kent V Anderson
It's my first time at one of these so-called speed dates, where you're given just three minutes to converse, and then move on to the next candidate.
My first date is named Julu and nice looking. I introduce myself as Tally. I come up with a clever line about my background, "My father was a robot, and his father was before him."
Julu's metal face is expressionless, matching her voice, "That doesn't make any sense. Robots don't have fathers; we're built in factories."
With my big robot smile, I explain, "What you refer to as a factory, in my case was an autonomous machine--basically a large robot. And the factory itself was built by a sophisticated construction machine--essentially a robot as well. Thus the factory was my father, and the factory constructor was his father!"
Julu rolls her eyes, "OK, technically you may be correct, but your phrasing is misleading. Besides, some other robots could assert the same thing."
I apologize. I tell her that I spend a lot of time with humans and thus have absorbed some of their expressions. Then I ask where she went to school.