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Function: L1VE

Function: L1VE

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Function: L1VE

2/5 (1 rating)
60 pages
36 minutes
Jun 9, 2017


Software updates are a standard operational routine for XR-47, aka James. As an Artificial Household Assistant, James receives periodic updates both from his manufacturer and his software engineer owner. Nothing special. Until one batch file changes everything. Where do we draw the line between artificial intelligence and autonomous evolution? Can robots truly live, or even comprehend the complexity of what it involves? James is about to find out.

Jun 9, 2017

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Alianne Donnelly is an avid lover of stories of all kinds. Raised on a healthy diet of fairy tales in a place where they almost seemed real, she grew into a writer who seeks magic in the modern age and enjoys sharing a little bit of it with the world through every story she writes. Her books span the spectrum from fantasy to science fiction with varying degrees of romance sprinkled throughout. Alianne now lives in California, where she spends her free time reading, writing, and daydreaming. To find out more about her books and works in progress, visit her website at aliannedonnelly.com.

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Dedicated to Randy Brown who inspired this story with a hilarious misreading of erotic romance as electro-romance. I can honestly say this story would not exist without it.

XR-47: James

XR-47 was always referred to as he or him. Mr. and Mrs. Aldridge had decided on this the first day they’d activated XR-47 in their home, with Mrs. Aldridge saying, "I can’t just call it it! It looks human. Sort of…" As a second generation Artificial Household Assistant, XR-47 had, indeed, been built human-shaped, with functioning limbs, an androgynous torso, and a face with glass eyes and a neutral expression that never changed.

Having decided on a gender, Mr. Aldridge had made a small update to his settings to switch his speaking voice from Classic London Woman to All American Man, and XR-47 had instantly gone from XR-47 to James—the Aldridges’ assigned name for him.

Mr. and Mrs. Aldridge lived in a nine-hundred-square-foot townhouse at 4719 Maple Street. It had three floors, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. No assigned parking space. Mr. Aldridge retained a car service to convey him around town, and Mrs. Aldridge rode a bicycle. It was one of James’ duties to service the bicycle gears and carry the conveyance up and down between front door and storage as needed. Subroutines 3462A and 3462B.

When Mr. and Mrs. Aldridge were home, James entered idle mode and only responded to direct commands. When they weren’t, James cleaned the living spaces, prepared meals, sorted mail and packages, updated the accounting books, and ran errands as assigned. Subroutines 23518G through 23518M.

Sometimes, Mr. Aldridge would make adjustments to James’ programming. As a technical engineer at a software company, he had the expertise to manipulate James’ source code correctly and without violating his terms of use.

Other times, James would get a notification from AI Industries, Inc. that there was a new update batch file waiting to download. James’ programming dictated that he must first finish his current task, then remove himself to his charging station or

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