Paul Dempsey song ‘Ramona Was a Waitress’ from Everything is True inspired by Kurzweil’s AI femme ‘Ramona’

January 15, 2011

Singer/Songwriter Paul Dempsey describes the inspiration for his track “Ramona Was a Waitress,” off his album Everything is True:

“It’s an unusual song, ‘Ramona Was a Waitress.’ It’s about a guy arguing with an artificial-intelligent robot waitress about mortality,” says Dempsey. ”Sort of an unusual subject for a pop song but that’s just what I was thinking about as I scrawled the lyrics. Artificial intelligence and conscious robots arguing about the meaning of life.

“The Ramona actually comes from… there’s a guy called Ray Kurzweil who is an interesting character and he’s one of the foremost thinkers on artificial intelligence and what the future holds for technology. He created this program called Ramona that’s like an interactive person.

As technology progresses he’s trying to build her up so she becomes more and more sophisticated and he hopes that one day in the future she will be essentially conscious. That’s the point he’s trying to make, that at some point in the future technology will be arguably conscious. I find that an interesting idea. I managed to pack it into a pop song.”

Click here to watch the video of “Ramona Was a Waitress.”

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