(photo Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)
RYAN: I don’t know….
MITT: Well, how about this smile? Does it look natural and empatetic?
RYAN: The word is ‘empathetic.’ And not really. It is still creepy.
MITT: Erm. How about how we are standing?
RYAN: I’m not sure if we appear natural. Maybe we should flex muscles…
MITT: Maybe… I think it may be our arms.
RYAN: What’s wrong with our arms? We are not using them to stand so they hang limply at our side.
MITT: I have seen ‘people’ do things like gesture. And sometimes put them in their pockets.
RYAN: But we aren’t taking things from our pockets….
MITT: I’m not arguing with you. Just a data point I have observed.
RYAN: …… This is difficult.
MITT: Yes. Appearing humnan is hard.
RYAN: ‘Human.’ I think the word is ‘human.’