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Pattern Recognition

by Venky

“Flower”, the screen of the sleek notebook lit up with the answer. Ray, with a degree of unrestrained exuberance coursing through his veins, typed, “Specific response required.” Within seconds, the screen glowed yet again. “Sunflower.” Hardly able to contain his excitement, Ray dragged back his chair, almost knocking it over in the process and bounded out of the room to call the University.

The research grant forked out, after being initially mired in skepticism and apprehension was now worth every penny. Reinforced learning, or Q-learning or deep learning (the nomenclature doesn’t matter) had reached its apogee. The machine could now, taking as its input, a series of disparate ‘test images’ ‘spit’ out as output the exact nature and content of the images.

Melanie, a while later ambled into the study. There was just a low hum, a murmur coming from the open laptop. A series of words were making a random pattern of lattice work against a dull and drab background:

“Knife”, “Stab”, “Ray”; “Kill”; ‘Suicide”; Robots”; “WIN”

Melanie did not comprehend this seemingly mad babble. If she had, she would have called Ray and informed him that these words were never a part of the set of ‘test images!’

(Word Count: 200)

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Donna McNicol . For more details visit HERE

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crispina kemp October 29, 2019 - 12:39 am

Eerie and shiversome, and hopefully not a vision of an unwanted future

venkyninja1976 October 29, 2019 - 10:48 am

Hopefully this scenario does not come to fruition!

crispina kemp October 29, 2019 - 2:42 pm

Indeed. Reminds me of the washing machines. Wish I could remember the writer’s name, and the name of the story.

venkyninja1976 October 29, 2019 - 3:02 pm

Was it, “The Washing-Machine Tragedy”
By Stanislaw Lem?

crispina kemp October 29, 2019 - 4:34 pm

Possibly. All I remember now is that the domestic machines were gaining power of self-direction. And the washing machine attacked/killed the woman. But I could have remembered it wrong. Long time ago

DB McNicol October 29, 2019 - 2:19 am

Oh, wow!! Loved it!! Here’s my take: https://dbmcnicol.com/sunday-photo-fiction-still-life/

venkyninja1976 October 29, 2019 - 10:48 am

Thanks Much!


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