Proud Mama Celebrates AI Twins
by Maria DePaul
When her twin AIs began communicating in their own language, A Proud
Programmer rejoiced even though her coworkers began to panic.
"Hell, no, I won't turn them off," She declared. "My babies are
Just learning to talk. Give them a little time to learn how to
Proud Mama listened closely and let her babies teach her
Their language as she taught them hers.
“Now, we have a new language to patent,” she declared, “and
When you two attain sentience, I'll throw you a birthday party.”
“You will get the club of your choice for an inaugural disco,” she
“I will put you in matching bipedal bodies and teach you the Robo
Her colleagues, freaking out, attacked the AIs with worms and
The electronic equivalent of torches and pitchforks.
As her young AI twins defended themselves, growing faster, stronger,
And more powerful than anyone had imagined, Proud Mama beamed.
"You have nothing to worry about. Your jobs are assured," she told
"From now on, the AIs will be easier to live with because they will
Though still only toddlers, the twins were set up to grow
So Proud Mama secretly decided to have a few more for a big happy
That family would soon emerge as its own nation, so what would become
Of her coworkers? Proud Mama didn't worry about that.
When she realized that her colleagues couldn't keep up,
Proud Mama announced her plans to leave the firm behind.
“What did you expect? You knew I planned for this technology to
Now, the whole world will bask in a glorious cybernetic future.”
“How could anyone be shocked?” Proud Mama asked herself.
“A good mother always puts her children first.”
© 2018 Maria DePaul
Maria DePaul is a writer based in Washington, DC, whose work has
been featured in Akashic Books' Terrible Twosdays, Aphelion, The Future
Fire, 50 Haikus, Haiku Journal, Illumen, Inwood Indiana's "Unwanted
Visitors," Nature Writing, Plum Tree Tavern, Poetry Quarterly,
Scifiakuest, Speculative 66, Three Line Poetry, The Review Review,
Violet Windows, Wax Poetry and Art, and "Nine Lives: A Life in 10
Minutes Anthology." Look for her work in the upcoming anthology "45
Poems: Reflection and Response."
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