I’m watching a documentary about robots.
And it reminded me of a dream I had a long time ago.
Not a particularly important dream, just a cool dream.
In the dream, I was in a city. Not sure what city, but a large city. Kind of sprawling like San Jose, California, where I grew up. But definitely not San Jose or any other city I’ve been to in real life.
Anyway, in this city, there were robot kittens.
They did not look like this robot cat, which I had as a kid:
Anyway, the kittens in the dream: They were tiny. They were clearly robots, they made no attempt at being realistic. So they were usually shiny, plastic, and a combination of white and some other color. (Sometimes a color a cat would be, sometimes something like blue or purple.) They were also completely adorable.
They didn’t look quite like this, but these modern toys are much closer to what was in the dream than my Petster:
Anyway, these robot kittens made their way around the city without really being noticed by a lot of people. People expected them and got out of their way, but they did a pretty good job of staying out of poeple’s way.
Except the person they were going to.
Because these were delivery kittens.
And each kitten delivered a small amount of food to someone who needed food right then.
And it could be that you had no other source of food.
But it could also just be that you wanted convenient food delivered to you quickly.
Or that you couldn’t be bothered to cook right then.
Or that you were disabled and found cooking and meal planning and all that too difficult.
The kitten delivery service didn’t care why you needed food, they’d just give you food.
The kitten would find you, open up a hatch on its side, and there would be your food.
And then once the kitten was assured you’d gotten your food, it would go on its way back to wherever the delivery kittens go when they’re not out delivering food.
See, in this city, and presumably in the surrounding culture, food was considered a human right. Everyone took this as a given. That’s one reason they didn’t differentiate between why a person wanted the kitten delivery service. The kitten delivery service was completely subsidized and it was anyone’s right to use it for any reason at any time.
Imagine that. Food being considered a human right. And being delivered discreetly to anyone who wants it for any reason, by a small army of robotic delivery-kittens.
Holy crap, the world we live in…