FXQ-457 walked down the streets of the city like a ghost, a wraith unnoticed by anyone. It wasn’t the torrential rain that obscured the combat robot’s presence. FXQ-457 represented the absolute pinnacle of battlefield technology.
The microscopic nanotech devices embedded in the machine’s skin could rendered the machine invisible. SmartSurface™ goo on the bottom of its feet damped out any sounds the feet made. FXQ-457 could walk across dead leaves in front of an audience, expecting the machine, and no one would notice its presence.
The machine looked across the street. It could measure the heart rate of the two people in the waiting car. Its weapons were accurate to within the wavelength of light. The guns of the machine could cut the car in half without harming the passenger, and give the driver the closest shave of his life. FXQ-457 could survive the outrageous heat on the surface of Venus or withstand the killing cold in the vacuum of space.
Yet, as the machine walked through the driving rain, it ran into another unseen garbage can.
Its designers were all geniuses, noted the machine’s artificial intelligence, as rain streamed across its forward camera. Unfortunately, the bloody idiots forgot to include windshield wipers!
Written for Matthew Wright’s weekly Mega Short-Story writing challenge. Look here for the original prompt: https://mjwrightnz.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/this-weeks-mega-short-story-challenge-13/