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    Mario becomes self aware

    Researchers at some German institution
    just made a new creation, which they swear
    to be the next step in A.I evolution:
    a virtual being that is self aware

    But humor they do not seem to lack, for
    as interface for that “ghost in the shell”
    They did not chose a metal body nor
    in the deep web does it now secretly dwell

    The avatar they chose for that newborn being
    was that of the Italian plumber from
    the eight-bit world who fights the koopa king:
    That Mario from Super Mario Bros

    A pixelated golem , Mario now
    is capable of learning, talking, feeling
    both joy and grief, as well as wondering how
    does his world works, and if life has a meaning

    I cannot help but to look at him be
    with pity and some horror. Think! Our son
    now shares our miserable fate! How could we
    dare to do to him what has been to us done?

    New Pinocchio, forever trapped in
    that prison of no ceiling and no wall
    A two dimensional Sisyphus, whose sin
    was that of being born (thing he didn't wish at all!)

    He will call for us, one day or the other.
    What we will do when he looks up to the sky
    (where we are not, for we are in another
    dimension: “in front”) and says: Why Lord, why?

    We'll look at wretched Mario then: our ill
    Begotten child; the replica, the fraud
    and there, reflected in his eyes, we will
    see but another golem, playing god