But does that really sum anything up? Can anything sum up the concept of the robot? From C3PO to Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics to The Terminator to early notions of a clockwork man, the notion of intelligence being contained in a metal body has appeared in countless works of fiction. They’ve been used to probe notions of empathy, what sentience really is, what reality is made of, and what role technology should have in our lives. And the fun thing about robots is that, more and more, we don’t even need to look to fiction to find inspiration. We have them in our very own world!
Our authors’ task is to write us a tale where a robot, or robots, play a central role.
Who will be C-3PO and who will be The Terminator?
Let’s find out!
Battle Robot is on!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).