Soldier Operates Wheel Barrow Mk 8 Counter IED Robot in Afghanistan

Many of the soldiers she talked to named their robots, usually after a celebrity or current wife or girlfriend (never an ex). Some even painted the robot’s name on the side. Even so, the soldiers told Carpenter the chance of the robot being destroyed did not affect their decision-making over whether to send their robot into harm’s way.
Soldiers told Carpenter their first reaction to a robot being blown up was anger at losing an expensive piece of equipment, but some also described a feeling of loss.
“They would say they were angry when a robot became disabled because it is an important tool, but then they would add ‘poor little guy,’ or they’d say they had a funeral for it,” Carpenter said. –Doree Armstrong

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a soldier who has difficulty when a robot is “killed” in battle.

Journaling Prompt: Write about an inanimate object that you have named and view as alive.

Art Prompt: Military robot

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the human tendency to treat inanimate objects as alive.

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