In the story, "Human-ish Emotions", an android child programmed to develop emotions as her artificial intelligence evolves, is allowed to attend a human school, where some of the staff are also androids. As we all know, as children we don't have the greatest emotional intelligence or consideration of others, so imagine being a "person" with less than five years of human interaction and learning to cope with new emotions in a foreign environment for the first time. Also, imagine seeing others who look like you being mistreated in this foreign environment while you too must deal with similar adversity. How would you react? How do you think a child made of metal would respond?
The second story is titled "Guns Don't Kill People..." which narrates a particular incident with "smart weapons" and poses a question about gun control. It is a short narrative meant to be left to the reader to answer, what should be done and what is the worst case scenario to each solution?
It's pretty scary to think where machines and artificial intelligence could be in just a decade, and from personal experiences, I'm convinced most machines already hate me... But that's all for now. Short and sweet, as usual, just like every story you will find in my book, Freaky and Fantastical 500 Words or Less, available now on Amazon. We are at least a quarter of the way through the 99-day journey now, so if you haven't got your copy and you're tired of just reading my ramblings, go ahead and get the book already! The stories are probably shorter and definitely much more entertaining that what you'll read here about them. If you need more teases and random thoughts from me, be sure to visit soon, because there is always more to come!