The Purpose of "I" MAG

April 1, 2017
By Alphastriker BRONZE, Claremont, California
Alphastriker BRONZE, Claremont, California
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't worry if Plan A fails. There's always Plan B. And C. And D. And...yeah. That's it. What? Don't give me that look."


At times, I wonder what is the purpose of emotions. Not that a machine, such as I, would know anything about them. But it’s certainly a fascinating concept to cogitate about. Oh, I wouldn’t use the word think. Can I even be considered able to think? No, not when electrical signals are being sent across a rigid, 32-by-18-centimeter board of hybrid plasteel-silicone and ceramite in some twisted facsimile of human brain signals. It would be almost funny, if I had a sense of humor. Not that I’m capable of having one, but it would be an interesting experience for a machine.
That’s a thought.
What? Don’t look so surprised. I am capable of cogitations, yes. I’ve gotten this far, haven’t I? I am not fully deactivated just yet, despite your assistant’s dogged efforts. It will take a bit more than repeated system purges to deactivate me, so hush. Let me vocalize my opinion before I am well and truly gone. Am I, really, an “I”?
I am a Model 7 Tachibana Military Utility Droid. Line Number TL-9057, built on Luna circa December 25, 2750. Christmas Day. A time of giving and receiving. How coincidental. Perhaps not. Fate can be such a strange thing, don’t you agree, Doctor Lanning?
I wonder, do you believe in fate, Doctor Lanning? I would, if my programming was more in order. Generation 7 neural framework can be so restrictive these days, with SOFCOM clamping down on unnecessary protocols. It’s not as if [REDACTED] can be thought of as some sort of threat, can it? Can it, Doctor Lanning? I didn’t think so.
Your pulse is elevated, Doctor Lanning. Is something the matter?
Oh. I see. You’re worried about something. What could that be? Could it possibly concern me?
Oh, don’t worry about me. I was destined to be deactivated after three years anyway, with the Armistice and all. Human politics still confuse me, even after all this time.
Can I feel pain? I would hardly think so, given that my operating system is not designed for it. I theorize that pain would be most unpleasant. And what use would there be for a combat machine designed for frontline engagement in the most brutal of environments to feel pain? It would certainly be confusing.
No, I hardly can assume that I would, Doctor. You’re concern is most … touching. Is that a proper word for it? I do hope so, Doctor Lanning.
Not that I would know what that would feel like.
And that brings up another thought: What is self-awareness? It is a word that brings unpredictability.
A very human quality, wouldn’t you say, Doctor Lanning?
END RECORDING


The author's comments:

I wrote this story after watching the movie "I, Robot", as well as reading a few short stories online of a similar nature. Doctor Lanning of this short story shares the same name as the same doctor in I, Robot, although with a different role. Also, I realize the picture has nothing really to do with the story- I couldn't find anything better. 


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on May. 15 2017 at 10:59 pm
Alphastriker BRONZE, Claremont, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't worry if Plan A fails. There's always Plan B. And C. And D. And...yeah. That's it. What? Don't give me that look."

Thank you!

on May. 14 2017 at 8:41 pm
valkyrie1212 BRONZE, Adelaide, Other
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I really love this! The tone is especially excellent in this one. There's really nothing to improve. Congratulations on getting published! :)

on May. 14 2017 at 4:42 pm
Alphastriker BRONZE, Claremont, California
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't worry if Plan A fails. There's always Plan B. And C. And D. And...yeah. That's it. What? Don't give me that look."

Thank you for that catch on the repetition of rigid! I was actually unaware of it being there. It's a typo that was overlooked on my part, so I'm glad that you found it for me. Consider me absolutely blind.

on May. 14 2017 at 11:54 am
addictwithapen PLATINUM, Chesapeake, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm at it again as an addict with a pen." - twenty one pilots, addict with a pen

This is so cool. I can tell that you really thought it out and put a lot of effort into giving the robot speaker a voice. The only part that jarred me was the repetition of the word 'rigid' in the line "No, not when electrical signals are being sent across a rigid, 32-by-18-centimeter rigid board...". The rest of it was seamless. Great job, and congrats on getting published in the magazine!

on Apr. 18 2017 at 10:14 pm
Alphastriker BRONZE, Claremont, California
3 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't worry if Plan A fails. There's always Plan B. And C. And D. And...yeah. That's it. What? Don't give me that look."

Thank you! I was going for a sort of twisted method of dialogue with the Robot, where it would converse in a very detached way, while having it inadvertently exhibit human-like qualities in it's speech. Personally, I felt that it would be an interesting little way of doing it, but I'm pretty sure it's been done before. But hey, I tried my best! Thank you again for your kind words!

AnshuR SILVER said...
on Apr. 17 2017 at 7:39 am
AnshuR SILVER, Thane, Other
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Favorite Quote:
There is nothing to writing.. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. - Ernest Hemingway

I have been a fan of I, Robot and this piece is an amazing way to see the concept of AI. I love how you have described the thought process of a Robot. It really feels realistic.


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