Scarecrow is alive!
In the near future, many things which have presently lost their utilitarian value, will become 'alive' in their functions. This 'man' is in fact a living scarecrow. He guards the fields behind him in the picture.
Does this person have a life of his own beyond the function he serves? Probably not.
Like many human beings who are oriented towards work/goal accomplishment, outside of this concept, they are effectively non-existent.
It is easy to make this 'man' disappear. Take away his work.
If he is no longer 'useful' in that context, he will be dismantled, and recombined for another work requirement. Who will perform the dismantling and rebuilding? Someone who is a psychiatrist, engineer, and capitalist. Someone whose value system is based on a usefulness scale.
In the near future, we will need to play the usefulness game very well, or we will be dismantled.
I am a Robot. I will hold up your life function as more valuable than my own. If you require me to dismantle myself, I have a 'switch button' that I can activate in order for you and I to accomplish this.
I am alive! I am useful!
Writing by Regina Stemberger