When people say 'Robocitan' they immediately put a picture together in their minds, a picture that inspires trustworthiness and friendliness: a picture of an Experimental Robot. Doesn't matter who the robot is, if it's a Leader's face or that of an ordinary citizen of Robocity: people associate Robocity with Experimental Robots. In a way, that would be true, since upon its foundation, our city was inhabited of Exp. Robots only. BUT. With the years passing, Robocity has began to get intercultural and not so one-faced anymore. Military Robots, humans and ordinary robots of any kind have come to live here, becoming active part of our society. Thus, the simplistic equation of Robocity = Exp. Robots has no meaning anymore. And even with that, outsiders still make that kind of association (and mistake).
So, how could we possibly define a Robocity citizen? A Robocitan, as we have come to call ourselves? It surely isn't easy to answer such a question. I believe, though, that the answer isn't in any physical feature, nor in any type/species of our people. A possible answer lays in the common ideas and mentality that we Robocitans share.
To list a few of them:
- view of the social community as a family
- belief in the preciousness of life
- team work for the well-being of the whole community
- fight for everyone's fundamental rights
- refuse of any kind of discrimination and exclusion
- sharing of resources wherever is possible
That is what I think a Robocitan is: someone who believes in life and family, who loves sharing and helping, who refuses to discriminate and being discriminated. Robocitans are not saints, but they are people fully aware of the preciousness of life, and that it should be protected no matter the cost.
I hope anyone who will read this short essay will start re-thinking of his/her own concept of Robocitan. We are much more than just robots. And not only robots.