“1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.”HAL 9000* #quote
I went to the bookstore today and it was booklicious. Anyway onto the flash fiction!
David And The Cave
David loved to explore caves. Ever since he was a little boy his father took him on trips into caves. And not just a little trot around the entrance. Helmets with lights, and all the safety equipment, sometimes even with large groups of his father's friends that enjoyed the hobby. And since David was born to the age of computers he was the one that taught his father how to use the Internet to post all the pictures he'd gathered over the ages of the deepest corners of caves.
Eventually his father passed, but he kept up that little website of posting photos of caves for that little following they had(mostly other people who enjoyed the hobby). However to keep up the tradition David did get into a dangerous habit, he went into caves alone. Exploring caves gave him a massive curiosity, “what's around that next corner”? He always wondered since everything was darkness until it met the shine of his flashlight.
And one time he went alone into a cave that people hadn't explored much, so he couldn't rely on any signs left behind by previous people. But he wanted to know. Especially since he wanted to know where the sound of wind came from. People in the little town around it called it the “Breathing Cave” because the sound of wind always came out of the cave.
So David went in the cave. And went inward and inward. And oddly enough it stopped with him still hearing the sound of the wind. A large rock wall and there was no source of the wind. He felt annoyed. Even angry. There was supposed to be an answer to his curiosity. An opening at the end. Some kind of special funnel for the wind. Something to find.
He decided to just leave the cave and see if he could find something more interesting. However when he exited the cave he saw a large city on the horizon where the town once was. When he walked closer and got a good look, he saw flying cars entering and exiting the city. The cave sent him to the future, and he wondered that's where the wind came from.
David's curiosity was not satisfied. He decided to go straight back into the cave and find out what would happen if he came out again.