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Cover Story - March 2, 2012

Robot Rob

First place: Young adults

by Curtis Wu

At precisely 5:00 AM, Robert woke up. As he waited for his servomotors to boot up, he scanned his archived files. Robert had gotten in the habit, if a robot had habits, of trawling through the vast memory areas of his central computer. Today, he pulled up the chess games he had played against the past five generations of his family. "I should have moved bishop takes c3, not Knight takes c3." Robert reflected. He noted that the games started to trend to more predictable positions as his present guardian grew up. He had lost the ability to... think uncritically. To imagine. Robert stood, his servomotors and weight sensors rapidly recalculating. An old Arctic Genesis model, Robert had had his fair share of parts replaced. However, he had been a valuable servant for several generations, and his current guardian was loath to abandon a family heirloom.

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