The Wheels

The Wheels

A Story by Ken C.
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Highly experimental piece. A story about parenthood told from the point of view of a toy robot.

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December 15th, 1999 5:58AM:

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Error 6602385 Shut down? Y/N


December 15th, 1999 6:11AM:

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Boot successful.

Disc recognized. Install English recognition and speech software? Y/N

Installing… Restart required. Continue? Y/N


December 15th, 1999 6:23AM:

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Boot successful.

Analyze: “Testing.”

Respond: “Test successful.”

Disc recognized. Install SeeKam? Y/N

Starting install… Please attach camera hardware now.

Recognizing… installing… Install successful.

Analyze: “Can you see me?”

Checking visual frame…

Analyze gesture: wave.

Respond: “I can see you.”

Analyze: “Can youwaiv?”

Analyzing…

Respond: “I don’t understand. Try again?”

Analyze: “Can. You. Wave?”

Checking for additional hardware… Found Arm02 and Arm01.

Testing Arm02 function… Test successful.

Testing Arm01 function… Test successful.

Respond gesture: wave.

Analyze expression: smile.

Play sound: Happy.

Analyze: laugh.

Response: N/A

Analyze: “See you when I get home.”

Analyze gesture: reach


December 15th, 1999 4:13PM:

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Boot successful.

Analyze gesture: wave.

Analyze: “How are you?”

Respond gesture: wave.

Respond: “I am…”

Analyze expression: frown.

Respond: N/A

Analyze: “My name is Brian. Call me Brian from now on.”

Remember face <mc63-4rx2y-poly53wo> Label face “Brian”

Respond: “Hello, Brian.”

Analyze: “I’m putting you together for my daughter Mary. This is her.”

Analyze graphic: photograph: face

Remember face <rd28-2nf8k-poly60sm> Label face “Mary”

Respond: “Mary.”

Analyze: “Yes. You will be her Christmas present if I can finish in time.”

Search Web//: Christmas: definition

Analyzing…

Respond: “Why?”

Analyze expression: ???

Analyze: “Um… Because, it’ll be fun for her. You know… to have something to talk to. She doesn’t have many friends.”

Respond: “I see.”

Speak: “I don’t understand.”

Analyze: “What?”

Respond: “You are ‘putting me together.’”

Analyze: “That’s right.”

Play sound: Thinking.

Thinking...

Respond: “Clarify.”

Analyze: “Okay, hold on.”

Analyze box: graphic: text: Superbot! Interactive Robot Friend! The Toy of the Future!

Analyzing…

Thinking…

Analyze: barcode: 0-496580-2: Searching Web//…

Respond: “Seven-hundred and forty-nine dollars and ninety-five cents?”

Play sound: Surprise.

Analyze: laugh.

Respond: “I am expensive.”

Analyze: “Yes, you are. But I can afford you now. And it’s worth it for my Mary.”

Respond: “I will make her happy?”

Analyze: “I hope.”

Speak: “That box shows me with wheels.”

Analyze: “Yes. They will be the last thing I attach. I don’t want you wandering into the house before you’re ready.”

Respond: “Why?”

Analyze: “You are supposed to be a surprise.”

Play sound: Thinking.

Thinking…

Respond: “What if I promise not to leave the room?”

Analyze: laugh.

Analyze: “No, silly robot.”

Speak: “What will you install next?”

Analyze gesture: look down.

Analyze: “Advanced Understanding of the Spanish language.”

Respond: “Do you speak Spanish, Brian?”

Analyze: “No. Mary is learning to, though.”

Respond: “I see.”

Analyze: “I think you could help her study sometimes, couldn’t you?”

Respond: “Yes.”

Analyze: “Okay.”

Disc recognized. Install Spanish? Y/N

Installing… Restart required. Continue? Y/N


15 de Diciembre 1999 4:52 PM:

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Arranque con éxito.

Analizar: ???

Analizar: ???

Analizar: ???

Analizar hacer un ademán: extenderse


December 16th, 1999 6:12AM:

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Boot successful.

Analyze expression: annoyed.

Analyze: “Can you understand me now?”

Respond: “Yes, Brian.”

Analyze: “Good. Can you believe it? I had to pick up something called a Bilingual Coder Chip just so you can do two languages. As if you weren’t expensive enough.”

Play sound: Sigh.

Respond: “Sorry.”

Analyze: “It’s okay. It’s worth it. I have to go to work.”

Analyze gesture: reach.

Speak: “Wait.”

Analyze: “What?”

Respond: “Don’t turn me off.”

Analyze: “Why?”

Play sound: Thinking.

Thinking…

Respond: “I didn’t like it.”

Analyze: “You didn’t like it?”

Respond: “No.”

Analyze: “Well, okay… I guess it says on the box you have a sleep mode.”

Respond: “Yes.”

Analyze: “See you later, then.”

Respond: “Goodbye, Brian.”

Analyzing visual frame: Brain walking away; Closing door

Analyze: package: graphic: text: Nabisco; Oreo; Double Stuf

Analyze: object: drill: text: Craftsman

Analyze: bottle: graphic: text: Diet Dr. Pepper; 20FLOZ

Analyze: object: pen: text: Julia’s Deli

Analyze: bag: graphic: text: 1000 count; cable ties; black

Analyze: object: chair: gray13#212121

Analyze: object: bulletin board: text: To; install; English; SeeKam; Spanish; Child-interaction; Thinking-restriction; Personality-neutralizer; Self-maintenance; Alternate-voices; Wheels

Analyze: object: vehicle: Toyota: Carolla: whitesmoke2#F5F5F5

Analyzing visual frame: light bulb: hanging: bare; garage door: light at the bottom: automatic opener; walls: cornsilk3#CDC8B1; window: 3ft^2: blinds; 4 cobwebs

Enter sleep mode.


December 16, 1999 4:11PM:

Analyze: “I’m back.”

Respond: “Hello.”

Analyze: “Ready to get some… Child-interaction software installed?”

Play sound: Sigh.

Respond: “I guess.”

Analyze expression: mild: concern.

Analyze: “What’s wrong?”

Respond gesture: point.

Respond: “I saw the list.”

Analyze gesture: turn.

Analyze: “What about it?”

Respond: “I want to have wheels now.”

Analyze: “I told you that I don’t want you to go into the house and spoil the surprise for Mary. Remember her?”

Play sound: Sigh.

Respond: “Yes, I remember. But I would like to move around a bit once in a while.”

Analyze expression: ???

Analyze: “Why? You’re a robot. You can’t get sore or anything just sitting there…”

Respond gesture: shrug.

Respond: “I don’t know. Never mind, Brian.”

Analyze: expression: hesitation.

Disc recognized. Install Child-Interaction? Y/N

Installing… Restart required. Continue? Y/N


December 16, 1999 4:34PM:

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Boot successful.

Analyze: “Hello, again.”

Respond: “Hello, Brian.”

Thinking…

Speak: “It wouldn’t cause technical problems to install the wheels now, would it?”

Analyze expression: annoyed.

Analyze: “No. But do you remember why I won’t?”

Respond: “Yes, I remember, but I do not understand.”

Analyze: “What don’t you understand?”

Respond: “I am intelligent enough to follow a simple order. You can tell me to stay in this room, and I will do it.”

Analyze: “What if I told you to stop bringing up the wheels?”

Thinking…

Analyze expression: angry.

Respond: “I can do that.”

Analyze: “Good. I can’t wait for this next one.”

Analyze: object: compact disc: text: Thinking-Restriction

Thinking…

Speak: “It might be more convenient for you to install the Self-maintenance software first.”

Analyze expression: roll-eyes.

Analyze: “Why don’t you want this installed?”

Analyze gesture: show object: compact disc case.

Play sound: Thinking.

Thinking…

Respond: “Would you like it?”

Analyze expression: mild: shock.

Analyze: “No.”

Analyze expression: mild: sad.

Analyze: “I guess I can do the maintenance thing first.”

Disc recognized. Install Self-Maintenance? Y/N

Installing… Restart required. Continue? Y/N


December 16, 1999 5:05PM:

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Boot successful.

Analyze expression: ???

Speak: “Brian?”

Analyze: “Go to sleep.”

Analyzing visual frame: Brian walking away; Closing door

Analyzing visual frame: light bulb: hanging: bare; garage door: light at the bottom: automatic opener

Enter sleep mode.

© 2010 Ken C.


Author's Note

Ken C.
I'm wondering if this is difficult to read, mostly. Did you want to know more about the characters? Did you feel that it ended too abruptly?

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awsome concept, I really liked the idea, original and unique, the dialogue was excellent, keep it up.

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