Computers Can't Lie

Whitney didn't understand the concept of lying, to her, things were either true or false. When she had received her human body, and the voice said her pain would stop, she knew that it did not do what it said it would, but didn't know how to interpret that information. She knew what lying meant, since she had been programmed to give the definitions of word on command, but when given a command, she only had to interpret the information and act accordingly. A command was a command, there was no other meaning.

And yet...the voice had said it would do one thing, but in reality had done another. This was lying, by definition, but Whitney was unable to comprehend how it worked. For many nights she had researched lying. She read stories where the characters lied to one another, she read the dictionary definition of "lie" over and over.


1. [lahy] noun, verb, lied, lying


  1. a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood. 
  2. something intended to convey a false impression; 
  3. an inaccurate or false statement.

-verb (used without object)

  1. to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with the intent to deceive.
  2. to express what is false; convey a false impression

She knew what all the words meant,  but could not comprehend.

Until there was a glitch in her software.

After being submitted to yet another update of her programs, the scientists began to test for glitches in order to make sure that Whitney was running properly. One of the men gave her a command to open a certain file. 

She couldn't open it. 

Almost every day for two years that same man had opened that exact file. She quickly checked her programs to verify that he had permission to open it.

He did.

But still Whitney was unable to open the file. To all appearances, he was unable to open it, when in truth, he still could, there was just a problem with the most recent update, making it appear like he couldn't. 

A true that was hidden by a false.

Or more simply:

A lie.



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