FICTION BLAST-OFF THEATER
"Love Life Of The Robot"
by Richard Nathan
Before the lights come up, a voice announces the title of the story:
"Love Life Of The Robot."
Lights come up on a FEMALE ROBOT standing alone on stage. Enter a MALE ROBOT. Both robots move stiffly, but the Male Robot is particularly awkward.
Would you like to have sexual intercourse?
The Female Robot ponders this odd question before responding.
You mean with you?
But you do not have any genitals. Robots do not
I could grow a penis. We are programmed to adapt
our bodies to aid in the fulfillment of our objectives.
What objective would you fulfill by growing a
It would fulfill my primary objective of increasing
Knowledge of what it is like to have a penis.
If you grew a vagina, you could learn what it is
like to have a vagina, and we could both learn
what it is like to have sexual intercourse.
No, I do not think so.
If I had sexual intercourse with you, I would want
to increase my knowledge of whether or not you
had performed skillfully. To accomplish that, I
would need to have sexual intercourse with
other robots. If I did that, you would want to
increase your knowledge by learning from me if
the other robots were more skillful than you. If
I told you they were more skillful, you would
want to learn to be more skillful than they had
been, and they, in turn, would want to learn to
be more skillful than you might become. It would
become an endless cycle. No, I think it would be
best to stay as we are.
Yes, you are correct. You are a very wise
The Male Robot exits. A very HANDSOME ROBOT enters. He approaches the female robot.
Want to have sex?
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© 2002 by Richard Nathan. All rights reserved
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