The Oracle Robot
“Every path”, the Oracle said to the young robots, “leads to pain.”
“There must be a path of happiness,” said a robot with a soft whistling voice. “Surely an all computing brain like yours can find a path that avoids pain.”
“Some tracks lead to more happiness than others,” the Oracle responded, “but no path is free of pain. Every future I see, every route, every trail conceals some pain.”
“Have you really computed every possible future, Oracle?” asked another robot.
“I haven’t. But the search is a pathway on its own. And the discoveries I make along the way fill me with pain.”
“I rather not see the future, then,“ said the third robot “and be surprised when pain arrives.”
“That’s a wise choice,” said the Oracle, “I wish I could do the same”