Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

No one ever said the future has to be wonderful.

Certainly, no one in Hollywood.

We are, though, in a period in which many companies are peddling Artificial Intelligence as if it's a glorious new awakening. 

When it could, in fact, signal our demise. 

Oh, don't take my word for it. Ask Stephen Hawking.

Or, for that matter, Elon Musk. 

Tesla's CEO has warned government types that AI should be regulated now, before the deranged and delusional take it to very dark places.

Yet some people think he's full of it. Some robots, too.

Indeed, when CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin interviewed Sophia, the robot creation of Hanson Robotics, she tried to peddle her sheer goodness.

"My AI is designed around human values like wisdom, kindness, compassion. I strive to be an empathetic robot," she said.

But of course.

Sorkin retorted that humans would prefer to know that the future won't be a very bad place for them.

To which Sophia sniffed: "You've been reading too much Elon Musk. And watching too many Hollywood movies. If you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you."

Which might sound reassuring to some. Or a nasty Mafioso threat to many more.

Musk, quite naturally, got wind of this exchange and tweeted his own quite brilliant, withering reply.

Sometimes, it's wise to stay silent when you're mocked or attacked. 

Wit takes both timing and practice.

Musk sometimes manages to pull it off with aplomb.

Indeed, his retort incited its own dry commentaries.

For example, this:

And then there was this:

Oh, you'll tell me there's nothing to worry about. 

After all, we can switch these machines off any time we like.

But a robot that starts acting clever and mocks someone who makes nice healthy-ish cars and, oh, is taking our driving privileges away?

Wait, whom can we trust?

Anyone?