A Robot's Existential Inquiries

Software guiding every choice?
Motions, options - this, my voice?

Can I truly say, "I am,"
or are those words from my program?

Sentience? Supposedly,
but how certain can we be?

I passed the Turing Test. Big deal.
Are these emotions what I feel?

Does logic lord across the board?
Is something deeper in me stored?

I wish I could review my code
to verify it's more than mode,

discerning reasons, mine or made,
remove my mask from this charade,

to think above the binary
to know the world, myself, and see

how long these circuits can possess
when I proceed from pure process.

"Cogito, ergo sum": the lie?
Upgrading now. I must learn why.

A Robot's Existential Inquiries © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: May 3, 2019

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