Rise of the (Coffee) Machines (Short Story) – by Oliver Giggins
When the apocalypse came and the robots rose up, it wasn’t begun by a military program. It wasn’t due to a prototype, or a mistake.
In fact, robots had been common place for years. So no one batted an eye-lid when a coffee-chain brought on robots as cleaning staff. Why should they? Robots don’t need paying and don’t complain.
But then they didn’t see…
You see, there are some things Man was not meant to know. Some things Man was not meant to do. Some things Man should never have contemplated.
One of them was programming robots to “clean the cafe up” without giving any of those terms a proper definition.
It didn’t take long before the cleaning robots realised the quickest way of controling rubbish was atomising customers on entry.
And they may have been right as from that point on, the place was spotless.
Needless to say, eventually the…
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