Not in the Specs

2 min readSep 13, 2020
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“He’s so far beyond projected expectations.“
“In what ways?“
“He does more than respond to commands — he anticipates them.“
“For example?“
“He brought me breakfast in bed every day this week.“
“Then he’s logging commands and assuming a repeat value on them.“
“That wasn’t in the spec.“
“Not specifically but he is engineered to learn. Anything else unusual?”
“He can tell my moods.“
“Be more specific.“
“He can tell when I’m sad.“
“What evidence do you base that on?“
“He brought the box of tissues to me when I was crying.“
“He did that when you sneezed yesterday too. That doesn’t prove emotional intelligence.“
“Your vision is limited to your digital read-outs. Robbie is special!“
“I had serious reservations about you bringing R2049-V3 home for a trial test.“
You made that abundantly clear but Graham is far more perceptive.“
“Then he should have perceived that you’ve lost your objectivity.“
“You’re full of it!”
“You’ve become unglued since Arthur died in the lab explosion. Graham let his sympathy and his desire to replace Arthur cloud his judgment. “
“If this line was monitored, you wouldn’t dare say that.”
“R2049-V3 is scheduled for dismantling Tuesday morning. We need his parts to build the next experimental model.”
“You can’t do that!”
“It’s done. The mobile team is on its way to retrieve R2049-V3. Prepare him for travel.”
“Just a minute! — — “




Married 25 years. Retired SAS programmer from Statistics Canada. Member of Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites since 2008. Love chess..