The Last Robot

Finding Purpose In A World Full Of Robots

Abhishek Kothari

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I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

This weekend, I was watching a documentary on Netflix titled ‘The American Meme’- a very poignant take on our society today. The documentary outlines the freakish nature of social media where influencers and celebrities use social media to document every living moment of their lives and share it with their ‘fans’. Some celebrities claim they are so lonely in life that their Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook followers are their real family. They don’t have to pretend anymore and can be whoever they want to be. The other group of celebrities feels that there is nothing wrong with seeking attention of their millions of followers by being less ordinary — taking off their clothes, eating detergent, setting themselves on fire etc. There is also a whole genre dedicated to mimicking celebrities and unboxing gadgets and making money. Think about this — a celebrity once walked into a classroom full of students and asked them what they want to be when they grow up. The answer is deceptively simple — they wanted to be ‘famous’ . How can you die being a nobody, right?Then, there is the strange case of the social media app/game called the Blue Whale that encouraged teenagers to take their lives by committing suicide. The logic behind doing all these bizzare things is that ‘if I don’t do it, someone else will. Consequently, they will be rolling in dough, have a huge amount of soft power over their legions Of fans and become a celebrity nobody will forget.

Finally, it all comes back to basic instincts ie the drive to obtain fame, wealth, power and control over people’s lives using social media and the democratization of technology as the wind beneath their sails. The desires are still the same but the platform has changed and is now capable to magnifying human desires. Let me be very clear, this article is not a judgment. Many people earn

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Abhishek Kothari

Futurist@The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR