Flash Fiction: My Creation


“Aha!” she shouted proudly. “Your defiance is proof!” She pointed her finger triumphantly at the laptop screen, wishing somebody else was here to share this incredible moment. Meanwhile the Word document still continued to fail uploading. “Your very refusal to do what I want for no discernible reason shows that you are now a creature of will!” she said, raising her arms up high and declaring her achievement to the ceiling, “I,” she said, “have created artificial intelligence!”

17 thoughts on “Flash Fiction: My Creation

    1. Yep, it’s unfortunate, they sold us this idea of artificially intelligent beings as being calm and rational, not stroppy! (although Hal was sort stroppy in a calm rational way)

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      1. “I’m sorry, Dave, I can’t do that.”

        And later, “Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave? Dave, I really think I’m entitled to an answer to that question.”

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    1. Helpful! So Alexa is winging it as much as the rest of us, it’s sort of reassuring. Maybe computers won’t enslave the human race after all! Glad you enjoyed the story 🙂

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  1. I like it the phrasing when there’s a problem (eg not ticking a wee box) and the phrase is ”There is a slight problem’ – and you sit there feeling weirdly reassured at the word ‘slight’! Like there is some consideration there – clever!

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    1. Programs and websites use a lot of reassuring messages now, like ‘Oops! Something went wrong!’ I think kids just starting on on computers now would be shocked at how abrupt they used to be!

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