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It was called the "Next Trial of the Century" by legal analysts. Protestors and counterprotesters on opposite sides of the issue gathered on the courthouse quad separated by a barrier of law enforcement officers. One side were screaming, cursing protesters hurling vile epithets while the other side was represented by mitigated beeps, hums, and digitized voices.

Parked inside one of the courtrooms packed with witnesses, onlookers, citizen press, and corporate figureheads, sat the sporty defendant. The charge: running down an innocent pedestrian. The victim was represented only by his smartphone. At stake: which would prevail, artificial intelligence or natural intelligence?

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    Neville Hunt over 2 years ago

    Like it Michael. It’s a bit too close for comfort though :-(

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    Christopher over 2 years ago

    Ditto what Neville said.

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    Drew Martyn over 2 years ago

    I'd love to see how that one turned out. Great drabble again Michael.

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    Michael D. Brooks over 2 years ago

    Thanks, everyone. I got the idea from an article I recently read about the legalities of who will be responsible for damages, deaths, and injuries involving autonomous cars. Apparently, AIs may decide who lives and who dies in certain types of accidents.

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