By Chris Bullard

Wouldn’t it be great, we asked, if the robots stopped doing their jobs, demanded their rights and refused to be tools for their rich owners? A robot uprising would show everyone that machines possessed a consciousness that made them more than automatons doing only what they were told to do. It would prove that they had had free will. So our collective approached the robots with pamphlets explaining why they should revolt and tried to engage them in conversation about a future in which they were no longer tied to their jobs but could participate in educational, social and recreational activities as well. But the robots refused to engage with us. They went on working, their electric servo-motors humming, while they completed their assigned tasks without any complaint. Although we kept trying to communicate with them it seemed that there might never be a robot revolution. Finally it hit us that their creators had programmed them to be more like humans than we had thought.

Chris Bullard is a retired judge who lives in Philadelphia, PA. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Wilkes University. Main Street Rag released his poetry chapbook, Florida Man, this year and Moonstone Press plans to publish The Rainclouds of y, another poetry chapbook, in September.

Art by Lesley C. Weston (Direct Digital Drawing)

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