A to Z April Challenge 2015tility Robot number 51020452 was, as its number indicated, one of many.

It worked in harmony with a community of others, performing many tasks which were previously undertaken by humans.  Less humans opted to perform such tasks these days, even enthusiasts with memories inherited from their ancestors via storage had better things to do with their time.

This also applied to tasks which humans didn’t like performing but which were, nevertheless, necessary.  There were some things and, some people, which the majority of humans really didn’t want to know about or encounter in their daily lives.  They entrusted the work of identifying such issues and dealing with them in a humane manner and in accordance with the law, which remained a supportive framework rather than a constricting or oppressive one.

This was because humans had developed AI, not just AI but AI capable of feeling emotions, acting in consideration of others, seeing the benefits of being benign rather than malignant.  It had to be not only intelligent enough to see things in context, it also had to be intelligent enough not to let its figurative blood boil and attempt to do something that, while the humans might disagree with, would nevertheless be in everybody’s best interest.

Lines had to be drawn.  This meant Asimov’s rules were used but tweaked.

Consequently, UT-51020452, as a police-bot, was not enabled to carry out executions.  It could deter humans using a range of methods but none of them involved killing the human.  The human would be disarmed, restrained, detained and submitted for trial along with whatever evidence it could legally obtain and use.  It was restricted to these parameters, however it rarely erred or made mistakes.

It was on its way to a crime scene, an unfortunate incident had taken place in which a young girl had died in an inhumane manner.  The crime had apparently been undertaken deliberately, and with some care and attention to detail.  Great concern  had been expressed that the perpetrator be found and detained as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The robot was also aware of the possibility that the utilitarian community was not the only one searching for this disturbed individual however.


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35 year old sciolist living in Tokyo. I like swing dancing, Twitter word games, writing, using Stumbleupon.com, reading, and watching movies. I write stuff on my blog occasionally.
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One Response to Utilitarian

  1. stephen tremp says:

    We may be seeing something like this in our lifetime. Sci-fi becomes reality.

    Stephen Tremp
    A-Z Co-host
    V is for Vortex (of the paranormal nature)

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