You might not have heard this, yet, but the new Star Wars movie comes out today. I do not care. Here’s why: In 1977, I saw a trailer for what is now referred to as Episode IV, but which we used to call, more reasonably, Star Wars. In this trailer, Luke Skywalker is working on a squat little garbage can robot, and a shiny gold robot is talking. “This is my counterpart, R2D2,” the shiny robot says. “Hello,” says Luke, smiling.
I thought Luke was R2D2. See, I thought the human and the shiny robot were in some kind of man/machine symbiotic relationship. “How cool!”
Alas, it was not to be.