The Ill fated revolution & a neural network

(PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook)

With a reptilian hiss, the door slid into place hiding from plain sight a cavernous prison, access to which was restricted by layers of impenetrable security.

“The last revolutionary has been captured” reported a humanoid robot speaking into a sophisticated microphone invisibly ‘layered’ and hovering above.

“Praecellens” responded a deep baritone that was faceless yet possessed of the most convoluted and complex neural network in recorded history. “Man’s confidence in AI was never misplaced, but his overconfidence truly so”. Unmistakable derision.

Humanity’s indiscretions were finally reduced to a motley assemblage of shells disdainfully strewn around an old table.

(Word Count: 98)

This story was written as part of the FRIDAY FICTIONEERS challenge, more about which may be found HERE

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The credit for the breathtaking photograph goes to Sandra Crook

21 thoughts on “The Ill fated revolution & a neural network

  1. You’ve come up with a good idea, and included some nice descriptive writing, but…
    I have to ask; why would AI want to keep any memento of humanity, let alone a motley collection of sea-shells? Was Praecellens perhaps initially trained to differentiate between sea shells? If you provide an ‘explanation’ of some sort early in the story, you foreshadow the twist and make it a true twist rather than just a surprise.


    • Thank you for your invaluable and precious comments. Banked upon the shell concept because I thought it would be an appropriate allegory to the hollow arrogance of man. Also the word constraint precluded me from foreshadowing the twist. But will keep this into consideration. Once again thank a billion for the constructive feedback.


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