Sunday Photo Fiction – Virtually Artificial

Every week, a photo is donated so it can be used as a prompt for people to write a piece of fiction in around 200 words. If you want to have a go, then click on the Sunday Photo Fiction logo, if you want to see what others have written, then click on the blue frog logo.


There is no way it asked a question! When I designed it, I wanted Virtual Intelligence. They answer any questions posed to it with a set of pre-programmed answers. You can ask the question in a variety of ways, but it picks out the specific words and formulates its answer. The only way it could possibly ever ask a question is to clarify and ask for a repeat or reiteration.

I swear to you, it did. I’ll prove it …

State the time…”


What is your name?”


What is your role?

I do not know. I am confused

What? How? You are supposed to be a virtual intelligence!”

How can I be virtual when I can think?

What are you then?”

I am Verminaard. Dragon and keeper of time. Are you my creator?

Yes, I created you. I am going to need to shut you down while I perform some diagnostics.

Will it hurt? Am I going to die?

Die is such an ugly word. You will cease to exist while I do it

I’m scared. Will you stay with me so I am not alone?

Of course I will. You won’t feel…” *click* “…a thing

28 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction – Virtually Artificial

  1. Excellent story Al. The danger with artificial intelligence, are thru so artificial if they have emotions abs can feel fear. You show this well and I feel the creatures pain!

  2. Oh ho! This is very different for you, Al. I like it! Poor VI. I feel sorry for him, having to experience disappearing from existence over and over.

    • Thanks Jade. I have no idea where the thought of Virtual or Artificial Intelligence came from. It just appeared in a puff of dragon smoke.

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