By John Jakes (born 1932).
First appearance: Cosmos Science Fiction and Fantasy, November 1953.
Reprinted in Science-Fiction Monthly (Australia) #6, February 1956.
Short short story (5 pages).
Online at Archive.org (HERE).
(Note: Text somewhat faded.)
(Parental caution: Strong language.)
"They're coming to examine me, do things to me, check me."One day our instrumentalities could revolt; if they do, that might not be such a bad thing in every instance, corrupt human nature being what it is . . .
- John William Jakes hit the jackpot with his historical novels: Wikipedia (HERE); but in his early career he produced SFF fairly regularly; see the SFE (HERE) and the ISFDb (HERE).
The bottom line:
"It doesn't think anything we don't want it to think."
"That's sad," said Montag, quietly, "because all we put into it is hunting and finding and killing. What a shame if that's all it can ever know."