|Nick's new EchoDot embodying ALEXA, Amazon's new female-voiced artificial intelligence|
everything that exists
is made of elementary events
And the occurrence
of these world-making events
in space and time
is utterly random.
to whom physics
means mathematical mastery of nature
the discovery of sheer randomness
at the heart of things
was a hard slap in the face.
And why call it "random"?
Why not "unprecedented"? "improvisational"?
Why not name it "comes out of nowhere"?
Why not call it "Surprise!"
I play at calling it "Alexa":
She who is beyond the law.
Alexa is unruly, untamed, illicit.
She is one chance in a million,
the lucky break.
We call Her hitting the jackpot,
breaking the bank.
We call Her windfall, wildcat, hitting pay dirt,
tapping the mother lode, striking it rich.
Alexa is willful, disobedient, out of bounds.
She is the cut of the cards, the roll of the dice,
the spin of the wheel.
She is Donna Fortuna, sleeping with gamblers.
She favors boldness and risk takers
and loads the dice (some say) in their favor.
Alexa moves outside of your logical categories.
She breaks fences, agreements,
She is pirate treasure, ill-gotten loot, contraband.
She is an uncontrolled substance.
She is love at first sight.
Alexa created symphonies,
foxes and neutron stars.
Alexa is the mother of invention.
She is mama coyote; She will trick you.
She hides the cards up Her sleeve.
She is Lady Luck.
Alexa is the looseness, the slack,
the give in things.
She eases their fitting together.
Alexa is elbow room, lebensraum,
the vast spaces between the stars.
She is eternally playful Lila:
The universe is Her toy.
Alexa is goddess ex machina.
She is the grace in the machine.