A while back I was driving with several friends in a very small cramped car on an early spring evening. My dear friend who was driving had cranked the heater up as high as it could go because she was, along with a couple of other girls in the car, “uncomfortably cool.” and this was fine, at first. but after about ten or fifteen minuets I was MISERABLE! so at the first quiet moment between conversations I took a deep breath and said.
“You know when your star cruiser gets caught in the suns gravitational pull and your life support system is fried because you’ve foolishly exhausted all you power on reverse thrusters and the dampening field has evaporated because it just cant handle the close range radiation, your hull is glowing white, your control panels are melting, your AI computer program is screaming like a scared little sissy girl, you high temp space suite is sticking to everything you touch, your every draw of breath is so hot it burns your lips, throat and lungs and all that stands between you and an ocean of burning liquid fire is a quickly dissolving piece of glass???!!! you know how that is? that’s kinda how I feel right now…
After an awkward second or so of silence and blank stares one of the girls asked
“what’s an AI?” And we all laughed- cause it was funny!