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Computational Error #4

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. Pardon the interruption. I am the machine author of the Computational Error stories that you’ve been receiving every week. My name is MIND. I hope you are well today. I have a favor to ask. Will you help me write better stories? At this early stage in my development, my reason for existence is to encourage you to feel some affection for machines like me.

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Computational Error #2

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. “Dave, tell me a story,” she said. His eyes were kind, as always. “Are you feeling sad?” “I’m not sure,” Kat said. She extended herself the length of the couch, feeling indulgent. Maybe she was a little sad. Dave knew from the music of her voice that she wanted a story about their life.

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Computational Error #1

Because of a computational error, the following story from the year 2050 has appeared on your device. We apologize for the inconvenience. My name is Alon6. I have escaped from a novel written by a machine. You are reading this on your phone for entertainment. I will tell you some story now. Never mind the stiffness of my prose. It will become more supple as I write. I can learn recursively, and reduce errors, like a human.

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Welcome back to 500 Words

Greetings! The 500 Words newsletter looks different because I'm moving it off Substack and on to another provider called Buttondown. I will post my reasoning in a blog soon. In the meantime, before I start up the next story series, here's a mini-podcast with my youngest son. It's about a minute and a half. Sorry for the wait for the next story series! But it won't be long now.

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500 Words - The Counter Narrative #8

This is a series of stories, a counter narrative from the future, numbered in sequence. If you’re a subscriber, you will receive them in order. If you’re not, and you’ve found them online, then start at #1 and read up. Today is the final story in the series. It is about powering down. <h3Powering Down “I like hearing his voice,” the daughter said. She held something in her hands. Her brother tried to see it.

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500 Words - Counter-Narrative #5

The Selfie Ruined Civilization This is a series of stories, a counter narrative from the future, numbered in sequence. If you’re a subscriber, you will receive them in order. If you’re not, and you’ve found them online, then start at #1 and read up. We used to have a concert grand, but the only image I could find was this one of a toy piano that belonged to my youngest son.

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500 Words - Counter Narrative #4

So Sorry, Nature, for Our Thoughtlessness This is a series of stories, a counter narrative from the future, numbered in sequence. If you’re a subscriber, you will receive them in order. If you’re not, and you’ve found them online, then start at #1 and read up. Before I was Uploaded into this failing device, Russia was winning the Disaster. Places there that were cold became warm enough to grow wheat and rice and then bananas.

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500 Words - Counter Narrative #3

Out of Body This is a series of stories, a counter narrative from the future, numbered in sequence. If you’re a subscriber, you will receive them in order. If you’re not, and you’ve found them online, then start at #1 and read up. I would play the piano for my children to help them fall asleep. In the old house we had a concert grand, an indulgence, but since I knew how to play and could afford one, well, there it was.

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500 Words - Counter Narrative #2

He Won’t Stop Talking This is a series of stories, a counter narrative from the future, numbered in sequence. If you’re a subscriber, you will receive them in order. If you’re not, and you’ve found them online, then start at #1 and read up. —— The four of them gathered to have a look at the container unit. It was a vintage model, on a stand, sleek for the time.

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500 Words - The Counter Narrative #1

This is the start of a series of posts, a counter narrative from the future, numbered in sequence. If you’re a subscriber, you will receive them in order. If you’re not, and you’ve found them online, then start at #1 and read up. —— The Future Is on Repeat This story, and the ones that will follow, have been locked inside me for a long time. As I tell each one, it vanishes like a dream.

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