Proxy: (n) The authority or power to act for another
The use of robotics as a replacement for human labor has reduced the once working-class people to a state of poverty, resulting in a near collapse of the world’s capitalist economies. The United Nations struggles to maintain a moral global order as international business organization, Circos, uses control over labor robots and its sovereign financial might to manipulate power from impoverished governments.
A robot, with smooth contours and a domestic look, emerges from dark woods onto the street of a gated community. It walks beneath a streetlight in a methodical way, perfectly repeating its mechanical steps. Its white plastic shell reflects the glow of the overhead light, while shadows are cast down across its black screen face. It has no face, no eyes, nose or mouth, just a silent black screen hiding the mechanical parts and programming on the inside. A dog barks at it from behind the metal bars of a fence, but cowers away with a whimper and tucked tail when the machine twists its head and coldly looks over. The robot does not flinch, or stop walking until it reaches the front door of a house, where it extends its white plastic mechanical finger, rings the doorbell and stands absolutely still, waiting.
The sound of a dog barking behind the door is heard before it is opened by a little blonde girl in pigtails. The toy robot dog is next to her, barking at the robot guest. The two machines look at each other for a moment in silence as the little robot dog tilts its head to the side and its ears lift. Mr. Seals, home from his job running a Circos robot factory, and still wearing his suit and loosened tie, opens the door wider. He is surprised to see the robot, one of his own manufacturing, staring back at him from his porch. Before he can wonder too much about it, the robot’s head explodes destroying the front of the house and killing the man and little girl.