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

Updated on August 30, 2017

"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?

Would your current state of happiness affect your decision?

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      Don't tell me. Ignorance is bliss.

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

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

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      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.

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      what please reset my typing program

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      fun debate

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

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

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      Great and unique lens/debate! (still pondering)

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      TeagueChubak LM 5 years ago

      Love this lens idea.

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      Technospunky 5 years ago

      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.

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      ru55l33 5 years ago

      very good ideas.....bravo..

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      Great lens idea!

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      Heidi 6 years ago from Benson, IL

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

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

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

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      pumpnut lm 6 years ago

      Quite a poser!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      That's one very interesting question.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens-enjoyed it!

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Too funny, kab. I'll laugh off and on all day just thinking about this. Loving it!

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      blondeheroine 8 years ago

      Another BBT fan! Love it!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

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


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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on LOTD! From a year ago...I'm late. I'm updating a lens of the day table of contents lens and found this through the LOTD blog. Nice work.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Blade Runner answers that question!

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      Paul Hassing 8 years ago

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

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      emmaklarkins 8 years ago

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

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      Marc 8 years ago from Edinburgh

      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 :(

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      Love the robot question, it was great.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congrats on winning the devilishly delicious debater award. This lens is being featured at the Showcase today.

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      sarahlovesmickey 9 years ago

      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. =)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

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

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      witster 9 years ago

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

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      roysumit 9 years ago

      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.

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      gabi_kiana 9 years ago

      Cute lens, the title drew me in immediately!

      great idea, keep them coming!

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      Ignoti 9 years ago

      asimo with a realdoll body and a clever ghost in her shell... love.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

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

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      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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      Clairwil LM 9 years ago

      What a fantastic lens! *****

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      EshanMonteath 9 years ago

      Great lens, and congrat on Lens of the Day!

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      pylemountain1 9 years ago

      Interesting lens - cool idea. Congrats on the Lens of the Day...

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      filmmakershelp 9 years ago

      Nice lens guys!

      grabbed me right of the first glance with the robot question.

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      site-builder 9 years ago

      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 9 years ago

      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)

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

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

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      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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      dtbs 9 years ago

      congrats on the LOTD!

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      Squidoophile 9 years ago

      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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      archangelptx 9 years ago

      Fun lens! 5 stars! Check mine and give me some advice,

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      Ellen Brundige 9 years ago from California

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

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

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

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      Christene-S 9 years ago

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

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      Congrats on being the Lens of the Day! Great job on your lens!

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      Health101 9 years ago

      Great Lens. The question is great, it definitely had me thinking for a minute.

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      TonyPer 9 years ago

      Fun Lens (5*)! I made a comment above, but I was not logged in! Dohhh! I must re-boot!

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      Adelaide 9 years ago

      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.

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      Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Interesting question that's for sure...

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Clever... and congrats on LOTD. An Angel Blessing too!

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      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!