I, For One, Welcome Our (X) Overlords

What Does I, For One, Welcome Our (X) Overlords Mean?

The phrase “I for one welcome our (X) overlords” is a type of social slang that is used to refer to impending changes and future relationships between various parties. Although the use of the term “overlords” has been around for a while, many attribute the birth of the somewhat satirical phrase to an episode of The Simpsons in the 1990s.


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In what is commonly thought of as the original use of the phrase, Simpsons character Kent Brockman, a fictional newscaster, upon seeing an extreme close-up shot of an ant, talked about humans’ future subservience to a race of giant ants. “I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords,” Brockman said.

As new technologies develop, the phrase “I, for one, welcome our (X) overlords” has become a way to talk about the rise of artificial intelligence, the building of ever more sophisticated robots and digital entities, and the evolution of computers toward a kind of human sentience. Perhaps the most common variation of the phrase would be “I for one welcome our robot overlords.” This is often said in a satirical way, but there is an element of actual concern for many people that in fact, computers and robots could become in some ways dominant over humans in the future.


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