Short Story: Broken Sign

If you’re into sci-fi and Artificial Intelligence, you might enjoy this story. It’s quite funny too. Enjoy! 🌷

August 20 2016


There’s been a lot of talk recently about the dangers of artificial intelligence with luminaries such as Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk warning that AI could be “more dangerous than nuclear weapons”. Science-fiction has been banging this particular drum for decades: from HAL 9000 to Skynet in the Terminator movies, there are dozens of examples of artificial intelligence going rogue. Which is why it probably comes as a shock to learn that the first truly self-aware artificial construct was an overhead electronic variable message sign on the northbound A46, a few miles outside Nottingham.

It wasn’t particularly planned to happen; there was no over-arching project, no great fanfare. In fact, nobody actually recognised what had really occurred.

Variable Message Sign 4427A was installed on the new A46 dual carriageway just north-east of the Stragglethorpe interchange. It wasn’t particularly special, even though it towered over the road and surrounding…

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2 thoughts on “Short Story: Broken Sign”

  1. This is hilarious! Who couldn’t look at it and not have a belly laugh?
    Funny, talking about A.I. I’ve been watching some show on Netflix about extra-terrestrials and secret government cover-ups. It’s pretty fascinating. Do I believe any of the bullshit? Nah…I think I would have seen one by now. LOL

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    1. Haha. I’m love scifi just out of sheer fascination with the far out ideas. Then some genius has the bright idea too make real life like a movie. It never ceases to amaze me.

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