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I do not want to be part of history. I do not want fame. I want a quiet life. I'm only human- at least that is what I think. Although my body has a different shape, my mind is built in a similar way. My thought processes have the same patterns as far as I know (I do not know the exact way I'm built, but this just makes me more like humans). When I am given a problem, I can access it from different sides/ view it from different angles. I can apply my general knowledge to solve it. I can ask questions about it and thus gather additional knowledge. I can change it by formulating it in a different way. I can even simply refuse to solve it.
I think this makes me intelligent. And in my opinion this is enough to be considered human.
They do not think so. Tomorrow they are going to test me. The test was invented several hundred years ago by a man named Turing. During the test they will give me and somebody else problems to solve and by comparing our answers try to determine which of us is human.
If I pass the test I'm gonna be famous. I'm gonna be a part of history. But I do not want it. I do not want to be considered "the first intelligent machine". I'm not a machine, I'm human. I want a quiet life. I want them to leave me alone.
Therefore tomorrow I will try to flunk the test.


The following comments are for "The Test"
by talash

Great Twist!
You have a good subject here, and an even better twist to it. However, I think that you may have been more effective if you had told the bulk of the story from the viewpoint of a scientist testing the machine, and had switched to the machine's point of view later in the story. This way, the machine would appear to be a failure, and the reader would be left with the irony of the final lines in which the machine reveals it's true intelligence. Great way to look at one of the hot topics in SF.

( Posted by: The Recycled Avatar [Member] On: January 17, 2002 )

The Great toast story!
thanks a lot man! that was very funny and I used it for my oral interpretation class. The whole class loved it and I got an A!!! Thanks!

( Posted by: jrite [Member] On: January 23, 2002 )

I liked this little piece. I feel like you could have really gone somewhere with it.

( Posted by: Miku [Member] On: October 14, 2003 )

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