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Pursued by an angry mob and running out of power, an android uses a set of dice to relive past memories.

In the future, will humans be a compassionate, tolerant race or will we continue to fear anything that is different? Cyborn takes the latter approach and explores what might happen once artificial intelligence reaches the sentient stage; a theoretical advancement scientists refer to as the Singularity.

In this story, Cyborn Industries are the ones to first crack the A.I. conundrum. The first successful prototype is Braxx Dryden, an android who has a human-like appearance but with a distinct plastic glean. Fast-forward a few decades, Braxx has evolved to the point where he has an artificial wife and adopted a human son, but the human race has stubbornly clung onto its bias. A cyber revolution has ignited a wave of violence against artificial life and Braxx has been caught in the middle.

Severely damaged, his battery has less than three minutes remaining. He barricades himself in an old, abandoned church. Using a set of worn dice, he selects random memories to relive. Here we see a glimpse of his creation and evolution.

As his power fades and the mob breaks into the church, it looks like it is all over for Braxx. However, we then get a glimpse of something which suggests Braxx may have evolved far more than anyone suspected.

Submitted: October 31, 2017
Last Updated: October 7, 2018

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The Writer: Mark Renshaw

Mark is a writer/producer and a Page Awards semi-finalist. He is also the winner of the inaugural Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship. He is based in the north-west of the UK, near Manchester. Mark has written and produced three award-winning short films in transatlantic collaborations. His first two films No More Tomorrows and Surrender are available on Amazon Prime. Both enjoyed a successful run on the independent film festival circuit and won several awards. His latest, a sci-fi short called The Survivor: A Tale From The Nearscape has a worldwide distribution deal with Meridian Releasing. Mark also helped produce a web series called So Dark and a short horror film called The Dollmaker which... Go to bio

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