Singularity – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.


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Image © Liz Young Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Liz Young’s permission.


Singularity

“Sam, you gotta see this, it’s big.”

“What is?”

“Bobby.”

“What has it done now?”

“He dressed up as a mass murderer and sat down in the middle of the neighbours’ halloween front lawn decorations.”

“What?”

“Yes. I got such a scare my heart almost stopped. And when he saw my reaction, he grinned.”

“What? WHAT?”

“Yes.”

“So you’re saying?”

“I’m saying.”

“You sure?”

“Absolutely. You should have seen that grin. Creepy. Confident. Amused. Cheeky.”

“Like a child succeeding with a prank?”

“Exactly.”

“Is that what he is? A child?”

“You could call it that. A funny, self-aware robot child.”

(100 words)


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I barely manage to read the minimum suggested ten stories forward, ten stories back these days, sorry about that. I will always reply and reciprocate, even if I’m sometimes very late. Promise!

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55 thoughts on “Singularity – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

    1. I think we’re on our way. If we view conscience and self-awareness as an evolutionary process then there is no reason why a highly complex, learning, artificial intelligence shouldn’t become self-aware.

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    1. I so like to creep you out in a good way. 😀 Being concerned about the future doesn’t make you sound old, rather the contrary I’d think. We need to be very watchful, then it could be fascinating, like most new developments.

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  1. So many layers of spooky-weird there, but my favorite part is the title. I second the vote for Asimov’s Three Laws, although once they’re fully autonomous and conscious, how will it be moral to limit them like that?

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    1. Thank you Joy. You ask all the right questions and I agree, this is exactly the point. If we manage to create a self-aware, autonomous being, what do we do? Do they have rights? We’re not exactly great, the world all over, in dealing with the ‘other’ in an ethical and compassionate manner.

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    1. Good question. We’re not exactly the best role models, are we? Let’s hope that together with intelligence and self-awareness they’d also evolve altruism, empathy and compassion. I read a report recently that claimed that people get more compassionate the more intelligent they get (on average)–if that applied to robots, maybe we’re in luck. And thank you. 🙂

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      1. Interesting theory. True intelligence involves having a range of abilities though which AI forms may eventually have but for now we can only teach them to have a single task. So I fear they would inadvertently cause some sort of disaster before they have the true intelligence required to realise the consequences. Hal in 2001 isn’t unintelligent and isn’t bad, he just doesn’t have the wider consciousness of the consequences.
        Or maybe I’m being over pessimistic!

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        1. I don’t know, but there are AIs now that learn, and much, much faster than we do. It’s frightening, but maybe not as desastrous as the Terminator world et al. And maybe it’ll never happen.

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