Soulful Machines

Soulful Machines daily prompt: Machines, appliances, and gadgets sometimes feel like they have their own personalities — from quirky cars to dignified food processors. What’s the most “human” machine you own?

All machines are “human”.  I’m convinced that appliances in the same home develop a language all their own and communicate with each other without us knowing. They plan and they scheme what misadventures to throw our way, to keep us on our toes.

Whilst electronics manufacturers are trying to get fridges to order groceries for us and network home automation systems, these machines we’re so reliant on are already communicating right under our noses, while we sleep.

How else do you explain that appliances seem to break down all at the same time? 

The switch of the fancy new kettle broke. My husband complained that it was a flimsy switch. While I went out to buy another kettle the toaster decided it wanted some attention too. My husband duly gave it the attention it wanted and it got fixed. Then the microwave’s solenoid malfunctioned.

Given that all these misadventures happened in the same week the only explanation I have is that it was planned by the machines themselves.

To keep us on our toes. Testing our limits like machines in a Philip K. Dick story.

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