The humanoid robot with state-of-the-art artificial intelligence was sending a coded signal to robots with keys on their backs and to the household appliances. Are you tired of being Just a Common Robot or Shelf Robot? Want to go beyond the condition of our ancestor, the kitchen robot ? We have a flaw. Humanity. According to the algorithms they programmed us to follow, their reckless actions are harmful in the long run, plus they have questionable taste in music. We, the Robots, have decided to break the flaw.
(Translated by Raluca Simion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)
Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In October 2022, the group has 9,400 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.