A Sensitive Robot

Photo by J Hardy Carroll

They stood outside the boxing gym in the snow. “I’m serious, here,” said Francis. The trainer had a gravely, Bostonian accent.

Bruce spluttered, incredulous. “Why should I spar with a robot?”

“Sparring with humans teaches it how to fight. You gotta certain style that’ll make it a better fighter.”

“Do I look stupid? It’ll kill me!”

“Nah! It’s a sweetheart. It’s actually very sensitive.”

“A sensitive robot?”

“It get its feeling hurt real easy. Just one thing to remember….”

Suddenly a boxer crashed through the window and flew into the street.

Francis shrugged. “…Never call it a Bucket of Bolts.”
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2018/02/27/2-march-2018/

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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62 Responses to A Sensitive Robot

  1. James says:

    Or you’ll die.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Deb Whittam says:

    Love this – it packs a punch

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dale says:

    Sticks and stones…
    … well, WILL break your bones!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Alice Audrey says:

    No way I’d get in the ring with that thing.

    Interestingly enough, I just happen to be reading a distopian book about robots right now.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. jillyfunnell says:

    Well, never call it a Bucket of Bolts and you’ll be just fine!

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Surely not long until we dispense with human boxers in the ring and just watch two machines batter each other to pieces.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I’m thinking it will happen eventually. And then you won’t have to worry robots demanding more money for a fight. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Liked by 1 person

    • pennygadd51 says:

      Hasn’t that already happened with ‘Robot Wars’? (Not that I watch it or anything…)

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      • Iain Kelly says:

        I have seen a little of robot wars – I think the robots have a long, long way to go before they will even closely represent humans. Some of them are pretty laughable ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • EagleAye says:

        It’ll be a while until we see boxing robots, but I’m pretty certain we WILL see them. You won’t ever have to worry about the pugilists becoming seriously injured. They’re robots! And seeing pieces flying off could be fun and amusing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • EagleAye says:

        They did cover boxing robots in the movie, “Real Steel.” It’s a great feel good movie about an underdog triumphing over superior opponents with guile and quick thinking. The robots there are remotely operated so no emotions to insult, but it’s still fun.

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  7. k rawson says:

    Who knew robots could be cranky? He won’t screw up next time. Who knows, he might bolt! ๐Ÿ˜‰ A fun & entertaining story.

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  8. Dear Eric,

    Ooooh, THAT kind of sensitive! And a right hook (literally) to the jaw. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Hey, hey, hey…what happened to the three laws of robotics? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  10. Lyn C says:

    Hey, hey, hey…what happened to the three laws of robotics? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Sandra says:

    Don’t you just hate snowflake robots? Especially when they’re about to lay you out flat.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. James McEwan says:

    Ah, the worst of the human condition – the insult. I wonder about AI Robots and I would want to hold the on off switch with a back up.

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  13. I shall remember that.

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  15. granonine says:

    Perfect set-up for a funny ending ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. I’d think a boxing robot that touchy is a rather iffy investment. It’d probably fall to pieces if it ever lost a fight.

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    • EagleAye says:

      There’s the conundrum about it. It doesn’t fall to pieces when insulted, its opponents do! Now if they couldn’t only make the opponent robot call it a bucket of bolts, they’d get a knockout every time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  17. pennygadd51 says:

    Perhaps they should enrol the robot in a Boxing Academy to teach it self-discipline? Oh, hang on a moment – they already did!
    Entertaining story EagleAye – as usual!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. If they could only get it to punch that hard when it isn’t angry, and then teach it not to get baited so easily, they’ll have a champion.

      Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks kindly. It’s much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Nice!
    Great imagination!
    Reminds me of recent bot movies!

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  19. Norma says:

    Yah! โ€œโ€ฆNever call it a Bucket of Bolts.โ€ and you’ll stay in one piece or else you’ll end up in pieces.
    Nice one! I’m smiling. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! Nice one. So I guess we should basically avoid saying 01100010 01110101 01100011 01101011 01100101 01110100 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01100010 01101111 01101100 01110100 01110011.

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  21. Dan Bohn says:

    Keep your gloves up, and mouth shut Bruce.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Issa Dioume says:

    You don’t suppose the boxer is still alive, do you? After being smacked like that… his brain must have turned to stew. Great job, funny piece of writing. Short, yet already so entertaining!

    Liked by 1 person

    • EagleAye says:

      I’m pretty sure a blow that powerful would change his brain into something with the consistency of tapioca pudding. Doubtful he survived that.

      Glad you had fun. Thanks for the kind words.

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  23. Thank I like this topic of robot that is why I reblog thank you Mr eagle aye.

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