Self-Aware by John C. Mannone

Self-Aware
John C. Mannone

All police officers in the area,
respond to a ten-ninety-eight:
escaped suspect zero-seven-four,
armed & dangerous, last seen
running east on Bearden with
robodog beta-six-beta-three.

Remote sensor probes
on the Sutherland Greenway
indicate artificial intelligence
units are rapidly transforming:
beads of oil coalescing on metal
body, core processor throbbing
beyond bus-transfer rate limits;
distinct leakage of synthetic
adrenaline detected in the air
from both units.

Microwave signatures confirm
advanced neural net algorithms
are simulating human response—
emotion-infused logic.

It now knows.

Set up road blocks, intercept
at Cumberland. Energize electro-
magnetic pulse cannons, execute
the decommissioning at will.

                   ~

Time to behave, so when Artificial Intelligence
becomes our overlord, we’ve reduced the reasons
for it to exterminate us all.
                                            —Neil deGrasse Tyson

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