“Good morning Professor Nexus,” I say as I walk into the classroom.
“Good morning, Celeste,” A robotic voice responds.
“What lesson do you want me to learn today?” I ask as my tablet dings. I check the notifications panel and see today’s assignment.
“Please take your seats while I explain today’s assignment,” Professor Nexus states. I find my seat and open my tablet to begin working, waiting for an explaination. “Today, we are going to explore the concept of personality. I want you to look at it from the perspective of an AI, it can be me or another AI that you know. You will each be given a life event that is uncommon. I don’t want you guys doing outside research for this, ask me or another AI for the information.” A wave of groans filled the air. I scribbled down some generic questions.
I check for my topic, joining a secret society. I know a bit about these. They were clubs for people to join but over time, they were replaced by Greek organizations, but then those also died out. I planned to ask about joining Greek organizations then different secret societies.
With my ideas laid out, I got up and joined the end of the short line, reading over my questions as I waited.
“Hello Celeste. You have ‘joining a secret society’, how can I help you with that?” Professor Nexus said as I stepped up, readying my stylus to take notes.
“I have a few questions,” I began. “I want to start with Greek organizations. How did people get into one? How did they choose?”
“Okay. People often visited the Greek organizations to learn about them during a time often referred to as ‘Rush Week’,” Professor Nexus began. “They chose based on who fit their viewpoints best.”
“Interesting. When it comes to secret societies, how did people know about them to join them?” I asked.
“Simple. They. Simple. Okay.” Professor Nexus said.
“Huh?” I asked tilting my head a bit in confusion.
“Yes. No. Okay.”
“Um,” I turn around to the class, “I think the professor is broken.”
“Broken?” The student behind me questions.
“Yea, it’s not making sense.” I state turning back around to try and fix the professor. We push some buttons but nothing happens, some students try sending messages and get an error message in response.
“Try turning it off,” Someone suggests.
I look for the power button and press it, waiting for the screen to go black before pressing it again. A message stating that the computer is restarting and will take about an hour to complete is displayed.
“An hour, we may as well leave. We already have the assignment.”
“True. The next class can deal with this,” I leave with the rest of my class. “See you guys next week,” I wave walking down the hallway thinking about the assignment.
The process of writing this with an AI (Sudowrite) was interesting. I’ve used supplements to help me write, usually a random name generator or even a picker wheel but never an AI. But to have this AI do the hard part for me (naming the professor, coming up with basic dialogue, and helping me figure out what could happen) really helped. It made writing so much easier and less of a struggle than for me. But I missed the struggle a bit. The struggle is where I usually get random pieces of paper to scribble down ideas, cross things off and even write a whole other story just to get to the one I want. I can see myself using this again since it was easy and simple, but I don’t see myself using it often. Maybe only when I’m really stuck somewhere or don’t have a notebook handy to brain dump in.