I have a kind of love-hate relationship with the human race. Officially I’m part of it, but I’m not sure how well that works in practice. For years I’ve heard people talk about basic “human” things like choosing what to eat based on how much they enjoy it, feeling a strong attachment to where they were born or where they live, constantly wanting to be in romantic and/or sexual relationships, and other stuff. When I show different preferences, I almost always get some strange reactions.
I guess what I’m basically saying is – remember that Twilight Zone episode where a girl finds out she’s really a robot and all her childhood memories were really planted there when she was created? Well, I’m not saying I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened to me, but it would certainly explain a few things.
Anyway, as years go by I try to learn more and more how to take advantage of my robotic heritage. Many people have a problem with being different. While I agree it has some social implications (some positive and some negative), one thing people ignore is the economical implications. Since products are generally priced according to what humans might pay for them, it seems like you can almost beat the system by having a drastically different list of priorities than them. The main example I’ve been experiencing lately is food – I can’t help but notice that some of my (not very rich) friends can spend on one meal more than I need to stay fed for a week, while eating food that is generally much worse than my food at doing what food needs to do – maintain a human’s body. Since fancy meals are much lower on my list of priorities than, say, having free time without having to work, I consider that quite significant.
So, my first conclusion – there are so many websites (or blogs, or communities, or whatever) out there for finding gourmet food, tasty food, healthy food – either by spending a lot of money (in restaurants) or a lot of time (by complicated cooking), or often both (by complicated cooking with needlessly expensive ingredients). Where is the website for finding food optimized for food’s purpose – providing nutrients for one’s body, and at a minimal investment? I think that over the years, I’ve reached some fairly high levels of making or finding food that does that, but there’s much more to be learned, and this information needs a place to be shared in. It if exists, please direct me to it. If it doesn’t… Do I need to make that myself? I don’t have time now. Maybe in the future.
 Although much of that surprise will really be “when did robotics become so advanced? Last time I saw a RoboCup match, it seemed like we’re not quite there yet”.