After a few hours the robot emerged from the slot canyon and stepped into the waning sunlight. They stopped and removed the map and added some updates. They surveyed the scene stretching out ahead: the canyon had connected the known with the unknown. The robot was… what word would the human have used? “Enchanted” seemed appropriate; the vista would bear much examination.
After walking a day and a night to reach it, the robot arrived at the foot of the towering monolith. This was the location of the anomalous light source they spotted yesterday. As they approached the monolith, the robot had detected steadily increasing levels of EMF interference; now the noise was so great that peripheral systems were glitching and there was a serious danger of a central system crash. A file system check would slow progress but was necessary. A file system check would slow progress but was nec…
The robot had paused briefly to place its pack on the ground and rearrange its contents. Satisfied with the new weight distribution the robot stood and scanned the horizon. It spotted a bright point of light high up on tall formation. The light was not steady but seemed to flicker and change in intensity at irregular intervals. Having resolved to proceed and investigate the anomaly, the robot recalled the human back in the city having a term for stimuli such as this: “bait.”
The trek across the vast open space was a mindless one: the terrain was flat and featureless and required only passive scanning. A majority of CPU resources and peripheral systems could be idled to conserved power.
Easily visible from a great distance, the smooth, regular shape of the ring-like structure clashed with its rocky surroundings. The robot made careful notations: this was far from any other documented structures and by far the largest artifact found this deep in the Unmapped Areas.
Making my way through a narrow alley I happened upon these two having what appeared to be some sort of dance party? A dance off? A comparison of rhythmic movements timed to changes in audio frequency? I asked why they would play the music out loud via a speaker and not just import the waveforms directly. The robot holding the speaker reached out and placed it against my chest; I felt the vibrations and thumping of the music. The robot withdrew the speaker and both continued their movements.