Robots Don't Have Consciences

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“So, Mephisto will be concious?” The information swam in my head in bits and pieces as I tried desperately to collect them into something that made sense.

“Yes and No. As a prototype android, she is adaptable to her surroundings, but controlled by a huge mainframe network on the 112th floor of MegaCorp. Robots don’t have consciences, no matter how many brains you splice into them.” Acrylic finished his coffee.

“But, YOU have a conscious.”

Acrylic zeroed in on me, lowering his cup.“They were trying to preserve my body, to make a human into a computer. When I.. rebelled, they stopped keeping the bodies. Severing the brain from its body renders it a more.. willing host. Bottom line here is that she will be trying to calculate our every move and intercept.”

“So we need to be unpredictable.”

“We need to show those bigwigs of The Shell that humanity is superior and doesn’t appreciate being controlled!” Acrylic slammed his cup down and stood to pace behind the sofa.

“Something like that,” I nodded.

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  1. Avatar Abstract

    I find those last two paragraphs to be quite exquisite, kind of a reversal of personalities: Acrylic, the stoic, becomes emotional, while the protagonist keeps relatively steady.

  2. Avatar smdasilva {LoA}

    I got a little confused by your use of conscious in the 1st and 3rd paragraphs and conscience in the 2nd. Was that intentional? Do you mean Mephisto won’t be self-aware in the 2nd paragraph or do you mean she doesn’t have a sense of right and wrong?

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    yes, she won’t have a sense of right or wrong, but she will be aware via cameras and diagnostics. It is intentional. It is a play on Elsha’s word choice that Acrylic responds with the other word.

  4. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Ooh, Acrylic’s fire comes out. Very exciting. Lots and lots of possibilities here. Great stuff.

  5. Avatar thebetweenspace

    This is a great installment. I love the line: “Severing the brain from its body renders it a more.. willing host” and Acrylic’s passion at the end.

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