“Virtuoso,” Herbert Goldstone, 1953 — Rollo the robot is taught by his owner, a composer, to play the most difficult pieces in existence, which it does with ease. The composer is distraught, weeps–something Rollo knows to be a sign of harm to humans. When the maestro recovers he resolves to share Rollo with the world. Rollo determines that this would be harmful to humans and that music is not meant to be “easy.”
Comments: Takes a position on the “organic” nature of art, the x-factor beyond technical proficiency. Read in Science-Fiction Thinking Machines, ed. Goeff Conklin.
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