Being stuck in the 1970’s like I am has it’s advantages. One of them is that you can look around at all the “new” things and ideas floating around today and say “that’s just a different version of x, y or z that we did back in the day”. Case in point: current topics of discussion today about modern advances in technology that have given rise to research and creation of new machines – specifically robots, or Robots with a capital “R”. And the creation of said machines begets further conversation, debates, etc over the limits of artificial intelligence or AI. When does a machine become human? What will happen when AI surpasses human intelligence? What are the repercussions for human society? I mean the “Rise of The Machines” and the coming robot revolution are what the Kool Kidz are talking about these days. Except…
BEEN THERE DONE THAT, bitchez!
So how does this become a Music Friday post? As usual, by accident. Because another of the advantages of being stuck in the 1970’s is being in the habit of listening to 1970’s Progressive Rock music – like the progressive rock concept album “I Robot” by The Alan Parsons Project. An album that was released in 1977. Often in those halcyon days when people gathered to socialize, they listened to music and had discussions, or “talked”. This is something people did before they had their phones to distract them since cell phones, smart or dumb did not yet exist. So friends would gather together and listen to albums which were physical objects – vinyl discs which had grooves molded into them. An album was placed on a turntable where a needle tracked through the groove, reproducing the music. Rockin’ it old school in the 70’s meant using physical media since there was no internet, streaming, or a “cloud”. OK, back on track, this concept album was based loosely on stories in a book by Isaac Asimov…wait. Let me back up again. A “book” was a physical object…Oh hell, just google it. The book by Isaac Asimov contained stories about robots and AI. Getting back to the album, the cover inlay read:
“I Robot… The story of the rise of the machine and the decline of man, which paradoxically coincided with his discovery of the wheel… and a warning that his brief dominance of this planet will probably end, because man tried to create robot in his own image.”
And so the discussions revolved around the music, the music revolved around the topic. And the current debates are merely history repeating itself. So, been there, done that and I probably even have the T-shirt around here somewhere not that it would still fit. Wish I still had the hair, but I digress. All discussions aside, there was the music. This is some of what we heard:
One song off the album that was released as a single:
And another single from the album:
And, saving the best for last as I am often wont to do:
Could it be? Are you looking into my mind? I warned early readers that they might find themselves walking around inside my head. Hopefully you’ve wiped your feet. Don’t bother setting the clock or changing the calendar, I like it here in the 70’s. And please lock the door on your way out.