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If you were a robot, and I knew but you didn't, would you want me to tell you?

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"Hypothetically" Speaking...

If you were a robot, and I knew but you didn't, would you want me to tell you?

This question was posed on The Big Bang Theory. I have spent quite a while (mostly while driving) contemplating this issue and attempting to come up with my answer.

It is not an easy question, but my answer (at least for today) is: No, don't tell me - I prefer ignorant bliss. Another day, I might prefer to be told.

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Make Your Wishes Known Now - (just in case)

If you were a robot, and I knew but you didn't, would you want me to tell you?

Koothrappali, Wolowitz, Sheldon, and Leonard

Koothrappali, Wolowitz, Sheldon, and Leonard

Koothrappali, Wolowitz, Sheldon, and Leonard

Discussion of this Hypothetical

(from the Big Bang Theory)

Wolowitz: Sheldon, if you were a robot, and I knew and you didn't, would you want me to tell you?

Sheldon: That depends. When I learn that I'm a robot, will I be able to handle it?

Wolowitz: Maybe, although the history of science fiction is not on your side.

Sheldon: Uh, let me ask you this: when I learn that I'm a robot, will I be bound by Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics?

Koothrappali: You might be bound by them right now.

Wolowitz: That's true, have you ever harmed a human being, or through inaction, allowed a human being to come to harm?

Sheldon: Of course not.

Koothrappali: Have you ever harmed yourself or let yourself to be harmed except in cases where a human being would've been endangered?

Sheldon: Well, no.

Wolowitz: I smell robot.

Would it matter if you are currently happy or not?

Would it make a difference in whether you would want to know that you are a robot if you are extremely happy or in a state of depression?

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Further Thoughts

lionmom100 on June 26, 2013:

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Don't tell me. Ignorance is bliss.

HomeDecorKnight on September 16, 2012:

Very funny, but interesting idea. I like the lens.

grannysage on July 05, 2012:

I really need to watch Big Bang Theory. They seem to have lots of interesting conversations. I really don't know the answer to that question. I need to pass it on to other robots, er I mean humans.

tricomanagement on April 12, 2012:

what please reset my typing program

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on March 20, 2012:

fun debate

Country Sunshine from Texas on March 20, 2012:

Interesting idea, and one I had never considered. Something to think about...

Mim Art on March 20, 2012:

Great and unique lens/debate! (still pondering)

TeagueChubak LM on January 22, 2012:

Love this lens idea.

Technospunky on December 04, 2011:

If I were a robot and had emotional issues of any kind, it would probably mean my AI was working properly. I would not want to spoil neither my self image attained nor would I want to have to examine or recalculate life as I knew it. so I am going ignorance is definitely bliss of the human kind and proper AI. Loved your lens *beep.

ru55l33 on November 23, 2011:

very good ideas.....bravo..

phoenix arizona f on July 02, 2011:

Great lens idea!

Heidi from Benson, IL on June 28, 2011:

Interesting question...Of course I'd want to know if I was a robot (or cyborg). Hypothetically speaking, of course.

Othercatt on January 28, 2011:

So....Am I a robot? Come can tell me!

pumpnut lm on December 07, 2010:

Quite a poser!

anonymous on November 08, 2010:

That's one very interesting question.

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anonymous on September 10, 2010:

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blondeheroine on June 07, 2009:

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Treasures By Brenda from Canada on April 18, 2009:

Interesting...I'm going to ask this question at dinner tonight!


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anonymous on December 25, 2008:

Blade Runner answers that question!

Paul Hassing on November 24, 2008:

Insufficient data. Please extrapolate. Buzz. Click. P. :)

emmaklarkins on October 17, 2008:

Great thought-provoking question! Now time for coffee so I can truly process it.

Marc from Edinburgh on October 15, 2008:

Dammit, I really don't understand the question. If I were a robot, and I knew and you didn't...didn't know what? If I didn't know that I was a robot? Would I want to know? But I would, wouldn't I? I mean, being the brain hurts :(

dc64 lm on October 14, 2008:

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Robin S from USA on October 02, 2008:

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sarahlovesmickey on September 11, 2008:

yup, because if I was a robot and you told me, my feelings wouldn't be hurt because I am a robot and robots don't have feelings. =)

anonymous on August 08, 2008:

I have DNA, so I must not be a robot. Do robots have DNA? I'm so confused!

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So, you a robot poem but no songs. How come you don't have Styx's 'Mr. Roboto' listed?

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roysumit on May 10, 2008:

Robot or norobot, we humans are some time robots with a tint(?) of humane ness and at times are humans with lot shades of robot ness. No offence intended to humans or robots.

gabi_kiana on April 26, 2008:

Cute lens, the title drew me in immediately!

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Ignoti on April 21, 2008:

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teamlane on April 14, 2008:

Nice work KAB, and a belated congrats on LOTD! ;)

eccles1 on April 13, 2008:

Great Job!!and what a cute robot picture I think you are right most humans are very mechanical and what a great question !

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filmmakershelp on April 12, 2008:

Nice lens guys!

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site-builder on April 12, 2008:

Most people think and react mechanically. Someone says something nice about you and it's time to be happy. Someone says or does something so called bad to you and it's time to be sad or angry.

Just like pushing a button...

I'm a robot -- You're a robot. Everybody is a robot.

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pope on April 12, 2008:

yes, then I would know you are one of us. The world is already getting to know this level one code. You may be one of the 1001 wetnicks that were recalled in the 1980s and did not have your levels checked before START was set. No worries your next action will tip off the robot code of your exact need. I suggest you tell everyone of us you meet so you can progress to bliss (found and recovered)

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on April 12, 2008:

Fancy Nancy loves your lens so much that she is sending you virtual Adjectives. To help you feel more human.

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Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on April 11, 2008:

I love this show. DH the mathematician and scientist doesn't see the humor in it at all. Until I saw this lens I actually thought I was the only one who watched it. :)

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Squidoophile on April 11, 2008:

I think robots must convert to magical AIDS to provide them with the right answers like the crystal balls, magical mirrors or the fortune tellers, they are too reasonable to use these things, they must be a lil more superstitious!!!

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Ellen Brundige from California on April 11, 2008:

I think the next line in that dialog should've been, "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true..."

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on April 11, 2008:

Love the responses! This is a great watercooler lens. Congrats on LOTD!

Christene-S on April 11, 2008:

I love the Big Bang Theory! It's on my TiVo season pass list. :D

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Adelaide on April 11, 2008:

It's a great lens - I LOVE the Big Bang Theory. Interesting question too - I definitely think it depends on your state of mind at the time.

Vicki from USA on April 11, 2008:

Such a tough question. This is going to be on my mind all day. What a horrible question to ask of people who have trouble making decisions. Shame on you! Fun lens. Congrats on LOTD, & 5 stars from a fellow geek.

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on April 11, 2008:

Interesting question that's for sure...

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GypsyPirate LM on March 29, 2008:

This is a television show I just discovered (thanks to TheFluffaNutta) and I'm really glad I did. It is such fun - as is this lens. Nicely done!

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