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Poem: "Miss Turing Passes the Test"
This poem came out of the July 7, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from marina_bonomi and siliconshaman, and selected in the generally sponsored poetry poll. Allusions in this poem refer to the Turing Test, intended to distinguish artificial intelligence. This is an early-generation ratbot.


Miss Turing Passes the Test


In the end, it was not intelligence
that convinced them.

They were testing the ratbot –
rodent brain wired to robot body –
when it got loose
and raced madly around the lab

while the girlbot
stood screaming on a chair.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: July 10th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Why do I suspect that all the scientists in the lab were male? Because, I further suspect, a female scientist would most likely have just rolled her eyes at the men and muttered about "getting what you expect".

Which is not to say it's a bad poem, you understand, just that the scientists made me a tad bit grumpy.

Edited at 2009-07-10 03:24 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 10th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

*laugh*

I came to exactly the same conclusion. My first thought was, "Hey, I just wrote a sexist poem." Then I wondered why the robot was acting that way. Conclusion: she was programmed by sexists, who probably didn't even realize how much of their bias was leaking into their work.

Not all of my characters are nice. I guess scientists didn't fare too well in this pair of poems. The other one has them taking care of an augmented cat who is smarter than they think.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: July 10th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

I don't think the scientists in either poem are "not nice"; just perhaps not as self-aware as might be optimal.
From: browngirl Date: July 10th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

Hee, whereas I read that as your intended point, that the scientists had created what they wanted to see because of their internal biases.

Yay for poetry! Maybe it was your point but you only realized it after you'd written the poem,
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 10th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *laugh*

>>Yay for poetry! Maybe it was your point but you only realized it after you'd written the poem,<<

This. My muse thinks faster than I do. My speed falls off at each step: outerworld awareness > input rate > brain capacity > internal awareness > typing speed. It's why there are sometimes words missing from things I write, and I why I "outline" in scene sketches. The speed shear causes skipping. It also means that sometimes I become aware of quite sturdy things in my writing only after the fact.
wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: July 10th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
very silly! (-:
fayanora From: fayanora Date: July 10th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Good one!
jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: July 10th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sexist, indeed, but I love it anyway...sly and funny.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 10th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you found this amusing.
settecorvi From: settecorvi Date: July 11th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I had to read the comments before I realized that the poem could actually be taken at face value rather than as a sly critique of what we expect from people/women before we can consider them human. :p Then again, I like my rose-colored feminist lens, so maybe I'll just keep it.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 11th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

Part of the fun of sharing my poems with other people is seeing how many different ways those poems can be viewed.

And yes, she had been a person for some time before the severely clue-impaired human men really believed it.
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