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Rated: E · Short Story · Sci-fi · #2248776
A careless mistake undermines the miracle of Artificial Intelligence.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this Europa mission is the implementation of Advanced Artificial Intelligence exploring and mapping the further regions of our solar system as we enter the twenty-second century,” Dr. Kian Callistan said from the podium in front of the screen showing concept art of the AAI Space Station.

“What will robots tell us that probes can’t?” a reporter asked.

“AAI isn’t bound by programming,” Dr. Callistan said. “It has low level sentience that releases the bonds of the binary programming systems of the past two centuries. In fifteen seconds, you’ll see the amazing ability of the deep space AAI system to bring us the outer solar system in ways we’ve never seen before.”

The room plunged into darkness.

“Some view your AAI has,” the cynical reporter said. “I can’t see a thing.”

Dr. Callistan left the room to follow the faint scent of ozone. He walked into kitchen behind the conference where a man was staring at the microwave. “What’s this?”

“I was making coffee and everything went out.”

“Why is the coffee maker plugged into the same outlet as the refrigerator? You blew the circuit right as the AAI system was sending the first live feed from Europa! I have a room full of reporters next door screaming about not getting their exclusive of the first deep space footage from the AAI system. What do you have to say for yourself?

The man shrugged. “Oops.”

Dr. Callistan grumbled as he called maintenance through his neural chip, wondering how he would explain human error to a Board of Directors and media contacts who were expecting their first glimpse from the AAI Space Station.

One thing was certain: Artificial intelligence was working better than human intelligence today.

Word Count: 287
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