My submission for #WeeklyArtChallenges
Autos are considered second class citizens all over the world, providing cheap labor and an easy scapegoat when things go wrong. In London, when a local retired professor is thrown off of his balcony, many try to blame “Charles”, a second-hand library Auto which the professor owned. Charles, as well as a well-meaning idealistic lawyer fight the corrupt prosecution who hope to cover up the deed as an “industrial accident” caused by a malfunctioning Auto. Convinced of his personhood, his innocence, and his ability to prove both, Charles becomes the center of one of the most important trials in all of England, if not the world: Whether an intelligent, articulate, and created thing can be a person, or just a machine playing at life.