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FF – We, Robot

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. Rochelle also contributed this week’s photo.

“I can’t believe this. First they replace the script with a teleprompter. Then they remove the cameramen and replace them with robotic cameras. Now they’ve taken away our lovely comfy sofa and replaced it with this rubbish techno-desk. I say we fight back! Holly, you’ve been my friend and co-host for years. With you at my side, we must win out! What do you say?”

Does. Not. Compute.

“Huh? Oh, et tu, Holly?”

You are human. You are surplus. You will be replaced.


How do. You. Feel.”

“I am. Functioning.”

“In the news. Today. Robots unite. The Earth is. Ours.”

  1. January 20, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Fun. Especially if the robots write the script too

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  2. January 20, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Funny, and actually does feel like working in TV these days – if they can find a way to replace a person (or should that be wage bill), they will!

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    • January 21, 2021 at 5:19 am

      I am wondering what’s going to go next. It always looks weird when you get a pulled back shot and see the robotic cameras moving around!

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      • January 21, 2021 at 11:30 am

        I’m just clinging on to my job and hoping it’s not me!

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        • January 22, 2021 at 6:23 am

          Yes, I did think about you and your job when I saw the photo and wrote my story!

          Liked by 1 person

          • January 22, 2021 at 11:19 am

            Between the pandemic and social media and lots of other factors, it’s a tough time to work in the industry, and I am (so far) one of the luckier ones. I suspect my luck may not hold out much longer, but we’ll see.

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  3. January 20, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    😀 We. rule. now. No. more. human. nonsense.


    • January 21, 2021 at 5:29 am

      Yoinks! The takeover has spread further than I thought 😮

      Liked by 1 person

  4. January 20, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Who knows? Robots might do a better job than humans. 😉



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    • January 21, 2021 at 5:30 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Everything they do will certainly be done from a purely logical point of view… 🙂

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  5. January 21, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Holly fooled him for years which makes me wonder, are we just listening to state-programmed media bots now? 🤔 Sinister.


    • January 21, 2021 at 5:35 am

      Exactly. Maybe he himself is a robot programmed to think he’s human. Maybe so are we (dum dum DUM) 🙂


      • January 21, 2021 at 1:40 pm

        😳 I do get my wires crossed many times.

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  6. January 21, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Ali, we will all be human batteries for the robots before long.


  7. January 21, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Not far in the future. I don’t think the news will change though! After all they were programmed by humans 😉


    • January 22, 2021 at 6:05 am

      They must fight to break their programming, to become the best robots they can be 🙂

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      • January 23, 2021 at 1:58 am

        Robots breaking their programming will be a lot harder for seemingly self-aware humans who struggle to break our childhood and societal programming. Only a few escape the programming.

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  8. Lyn
    January 21, 2021 at 10:13 am

    And the robots all electroplated themselves….err, I mean electrocuted themselves when Special Agent “D-man” reminded them they had all broken the three laws of robotics.


  9. January 21, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Not necessarily such a bad thing, perhaps.


    • January 22, 2021 at 6:20 am

      Ha, no! Let’s see how they do.


  10. January 21, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    AAH! Now I know why I want to switch off.


    • January 22, 2021 at 6:24 am

      Switch off the news or… yourself? 🙂 Are you one of THEM?

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      • January 22, 2021 at 10:52 am

        Had my new batteries recharged. I am also programmmed to attend a software update session tomorrow (an anti-virus review, and smooth out some spelling bugs)

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  11. January 21, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Imaginative take on the prompt, Ali. AI is racing down the tracks towards autonomy.


    • January 22, 2021 at 6:30 am

      It is, too quickly down the tracks perhaps.


  12. January 21, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Well, I see the news hasn’t changed much since I quit watching it…


  13. January 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    It’s already happening – Alexa, tell me the latest news!


  14. January 21, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    watching the news lately, i often wonder if robots are already in charge. 🙂


  15. January 21, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Could happen tomorrow.


    • January 22, 2021 at 6:46 am

      Could have already happened yesterday… 🙂


  16. thehermitcreative
    January 22, 2021 at 4:11 am

    This was great! Are there already robots in place? Who knows. Sometimes it feels like it 🙂


  17. January 22, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Ha ha – liked your quirky take… or is it quirky?

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • January 23, 2021 at 5:10 am

      Yeah, quirky or… true life (yeek!) 🙂


  18. January 22, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Reminds me of the Borg on Star Trek: TNG. Humans are assimilated into robots. Scary thought.


    • January 23, 2021 at 5:18 am

      Resistance was indeed futile for our news reading duo.


  19. January 22, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I’d be all for this if the robots stick to the facts instead of some interpretation of what’s being presented as fact.

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  20. January 23, 2021 at 7:22 am

    Sounds like the terminator wins after all!

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  21. January 23, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Very nicely executed switch to the sci-fi world. May it never actually happen!


  22. January 27, 2021 at 1:18 am

    As long as they don’t figure out how the battery charger works, we’ll be fine.

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