In Artificial, Dr. Quade built Athena to be the perfect police officer, free of human error. But under scrutiny from the company funding their efforts, the robot lies to save the project. (View this play on the New Play Exchange.)

Runtime: 80 minutes. 6 actors.

Synopsis: It’s a few years into the future, and there are only weeks left before AI units are deployed in law enforcement roles for the first time. Speculation is high as Athena is put through “her” final diagnostics and assessments, and Athena’s creator faces intense scrutiny from all sides. Most pressing is the project’s funding company probing for any opportunity – questionable or not – for the project to finally turn a profit.

Production History: Artificial was staged by Hercules Theatre Company in August of 2019 at Mixed Blood Theatre as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

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