Robot Dreams by James Kitson

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SUMMARY: A scientist's robotic invention will lead mankind into a new era.

Robot Dreams
By James Kitson
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Tamil ran his hands over the smooth flex metal shell of his life's greatest work. He smiled as appreciated the unique melding of artistry and mechanics that he had created. It was so like a human, with two arms, two legs, and a round head, and yet it was a machine. Still, it was more than a machine, it was a robot, and the first of it's kind.
"So this is the machine?" Maxium asked as he stood at the edge of Tamil's lab. He had great dislike for the chaos and rubble that filled the lab, but today was a day like no other, and Maxium had to see his employee's newest creation.
"Oh, it is so much more than that, Maxium!" Tamil shouted as he removed the last of the cables connecting the robot to the lab's computers. "Let me show you!"
"Yes, Tamil, please do. I have many other important things to attend to if I am going to have the production line ready for these new toys of yours." Maxium tapped his foot impatiently as he watched Tamil rush to finish his preparations. Maxium had deadlines to meet, and much to do. He detested the unorganized fashion that his workers employed to finish their work, and the scientists were the worst of the lot.
"Ah, but it isn't a toy! Just look at it, Maxium! This is the beginning of a new era for mankind!" Tamil beamed as he pressed the final button.
For a moment the room held still as the two men waited. Then the robot's eyes opened, and it stood before them, ready for it's first command. Tamil was smiling, as would a man watching his son take his firsts steps. Maxium smiled as well, as an eagle would before swooping upon a mouse.
The good cheer continued as Tamil showed his employer the wonders of the new machine. They both watched with growing pleasure as the robot walked around the room. Then Tamil showed how the robot could handle tools and work computers. Tamil even allowed Maxium to command the robot and both smiled as it followed the orders perfectly.
"You see it don't you, Maxium? This robot can do all the work of man! It can free all of us from the labors and toils of survival to explore the greater meaning of life! With an army of these robots we will never have to worry about anything again!" Tamil exclaimed as he powered down the robot. He had spent his entire life working for this day, to better mankind as no one else had before. Now, he had done it, and it was only a matter of time before the long fevered dream of utopia was made real.
"Indeed, Tamil, now I must go and ready the factory." Maxium beamed as he shook the hand of his scientist. The robot was a wonder, and Maxium smiled as he thought of just what an army of them could do.

It was many months that Tamil waited for the grand day of the robot's unveiling to the world. Maxium had filled orders around the world, and the factory was expanded to construct the multitudes that were needed. Tamil had stood over the assembly lines for days doing nothing more than watching as his robots were assembled.

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