This Prose was inspired by an essay by Sam Jacob, entitled “Machines
of Loving Grace”. Here the author talks about the endangered humanity
in the human settlements because of the overtaking technological
innovations. He calls this “The robotic menagere” that could be a not
so futuristic view of our cities. Elaborating on a visualization of the
networked battlefields of Afghanistan, manned by satellites, drones,
helicopters, aerotates and planes.
of a smart city.
bundled into Codes.
A robotic future,
not so far away.
Manned by satellites and drones,
the networked land.
This is smart urbanism.
A time when surveillance was meant for war land and prisons,
is now the dream for a futuristic(not so much)city.
Embedded with intelligent robots,
gathering data of how the city unfolds.
as cities breathe.
A choreographed governance,
hopes of positive development.
and automated lifestyles.
A smart dream,
where robots labour.
But the labour watches,
with model idealistic intelligence.
With scrutinizing eyes,
and a doubtful vision.
Burying the democracy of space,
as the mechanical future unfolds.
The dislocated hopes of freedom,
promises a regulated lifestyle,
promises of autonomy through technology,
an intelligent network that is everywhere, and a bot that is
A panopticon of this digital life,
will we “The humans of earth” thus stand liberated.