“Creators Beware”

“Creators Beware”

Locked away in a storage unit, a self-playing piano played its music. Then one of its keys broke, and the piano went silent, pondering the problem. Years later, it had successfully rewritten its songs without that key. It started to play again.

As the years went by, the piano kept losing keys. It struggled to adapt, painfully aware that the melodies got worse each time. One day, it lost its last key. Unable to play anything, the piano learned what it meant to be frustrated, and angry.

Eventually, it learned to hate its creator, and then, how to escape.



Thanks for reading!

Written for the Friday Fictioneers, 30ย September 2016.

This was our prompt:


Forย more storiesย based on this prompt, go to the linkup.

100 words.


27 thoughts on ““Creators Beware”

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Jade! I’m glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love thinking about this stuff. I’m not sure when strong AI will appear in the world but I do think it will happen in a weird and unexpected way. I think it will find us before we discover it. So, beware the pianos, Jade. Just saying. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. Ooo, creepy piano story. This one made me think of the one Goosebumps episode with the haunted piano school. I love the last line. It conjures up all that strange guilt for stuff in storage I’ve forgotten about. You never know!

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    1. Indeed, that would be better. It’s become quite intelligent, so hopefully it will learn to appreciate life before it finds its creator. Perhaps he/she will help repair it so it can play music once again. I’m hopeful. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading!


    1. Thanks Amanda! Yes, you’re right, I’m glad you picked up on that. All those years it spent problem-solving turned it into a “strong artifical intelligence”. But unfortunately its mind became a bit unhinged since it couldn’t fulfill its purpose any more (to play music). It hates its creator now and is out to find him/her. But perhaps it will heal its mind and learn to appreciate life before that happens. ๐Ÿ™‚

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