An ordinary day. In any of our heads. It could be occuring to you right now. You have thought about this before.
One night. Maxwell Mallet-Argent, an 8 year old boy, dreamt of the future. Everyone was a robot. but they looked just like ordinary people. Robots built other robots yet Maxwell knew that even as they did this, the robots didn't know that everything they did was robotic.
None of the robots in Maxwell's dream knew that they were robots or robotic in any way. Although Maxwell dreamt that he would know. But what if he was a robot too?
He dreamt that the robots suddenly remembered they were robots. He felt the change inside every robot.
But nothing in his dream changed. They still just looked like ordinary people. Whether these robots knew what they were didn't make any difference at all.
That was Maxwell's dream.