Caution, Artificial Intelligence Ahead

9 watched as Beatrice gently brushed the young girl’s hair, drawing the brush through the long fair locks, laying it on her other hand, the child’s hair shiny and healthy in the sun.
As she did so, she hummed a soothing tune, not a particular tune, just a meandering melody from nowhere really, the child laughed.
9 watched…..

He, or It, depending on your perspective was a ‘Homebuild’ the prospective owner was required to assemble the robot helper from a parts bin, parts purchased from an online Automata supplier along with a handbook, usually printed in ‘Chinglish’.
Professional component assemblage, coordination and calibration was a pricey business, what could you do in this keep up with the Jones’s world.

The initial fabrication was reasonably straightforward, not so the A.I.


9 was, as most standard units were supplied with limited neuro function, with basic cognitive capabilities and image processing. The ability was restricted to rudimentary convolution neuro networking, (object recognition) and his recurrent neuro network, (remembering the past and acting on memorized information). The use of pattern recog’ and predictive algorithms were somewhat more advanced and because of the speed of information processing 9 was able to function in a more effective way. To completely ‘dumb’ him down would be pointless if he was rendered non-productive.

9 watched…..

Beatrice and the girl walked toward the house, holding hands and chatting happily. 9 seemed to have trouble aligning his processing, he should be focusing on his duties, today was allocated for lawn maintenance. He calculated he was 39% in cognitive deficit and was almost in a electronic state of bewilderment ….. obviously this was not a possible scenario.

As soon as Beatrice and the girl entered the house and were out of sight, 9’s systems came back on line and he was once again predisposed to carry on with his tasks.


9’s core programming allowed him to detour any schedule conflicts and perform his function as garden maintenance robot. The time spent idle watching the woman and child had to be redeemed, so efficiency was key to productivity.
Sometime in the afternoon the girl and the woman Beatrice appeared from the house and walked toward the gates at the end of the drive. Neither glanced even briefly at 9 as he worked the garden. Why would they, he was just another appliance, no more significant than any other labour saving device.
The couple disappeared through the gate as 9 watched, his attention was again rerouted from his designated function. What was happening to him, perhaps the woman and the girl were not satisfied with his work, his logic centres implied as much and his basic programming urged him to improve on his performance.
He had a plan…..

The days task completed, 9 went to the outbuilding at the end of the yard and he plugged in for recharging, he had no need to monitor kinetics so there was an abundance of processing power to ponder the glitches in his behaviour. There appeared to be an error in his deep learning subset that seemed to allow him independent thought. As an appliance there should have to be no need for human appreciation, he was created for a number of reasonably simple tasks, nothing more.
9 stood in the charging bay, staring toward the house. He wanted to be acknowledged…..loved even.
Beatrice woke with a start, there had been a noise, something was not right.
A mother knows instinctively when danger threatens their children, she burst into the child’s room to find to her horror, 9 sat on the girls bed, brush in metal hand, drawing it through the long fair locks, her bloodied, lifeless head in the other.