Weekend Writing Warriors: Robot Town Continued

As promised, here is a Weekend Writing Warriors excerpt continuing the Robot Town storyline.

It’s simple and fun. Sign the linky list with your name, blog url and email address on Mondays, 8:00 AM EST. Each week, the list remains open until Saturday, 11:59 PM. Then on Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.

In this passage, the machine who brought the family inside why it and the others are taking their side.  Some creative sentence snipping and squishing was applied to condense this passage to 8 sentences.

“Why are you helping us?” she asked the Machine.  “Everyone in the city wants Edward dead.”

“We are not everyone in the city.” MC-57 said.

“I know that, but why?

“Edward helped us when he served as mayor.  He made us citizens and gave us the right to exist.  In doing so he preserved our lives.  And we are programmed to return the favor.”


And for some clarification, here are some details that I am trying to incorporate into the story:  All robots have a program called a “moral code” that dictates how they behave in society.  Older models had a version of Asimov’s three laws, but then people started to get the idea that such advanced minds should be considered people rather than tools, and created new code to reflect this.  Naturally there were challenges to creating a code that replicates human morality, the subjectivity of it being the least of them.  Eventually someone came out with a program called “Golden Rule” that allows robots to treat others more or less how others treat them.  In this case, Edward did the robots a favor when he granted them legal protections under his rule.  They return this favor by helping to protect him.

Next week focuses on a new character.

10 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Robot Town Continued

  1. Cool, I like the idea of the Golden Rule, although I could see some problems and issues arising, which I’m sure must be part of your story-to-come! Great snippet!

    1. Thanks! Yes, I address some of the problems in robot programming later in the story, but that’s not until the next installment. Jasper is more about the relationship between two people and how it falls apart. The sequel will focuses on the long-term consequences of that downfall.

    1. Which was deliberate on the part of the programmers. They wanted robots to be capable of revenge and loyalty just like humans.

      Thanks for commenting!

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