It’s Friday! Welcome to my Take Seven compilation which incorporates all 21 words (or derivatives) from the Three Things Challenge for the past week.
You are most welcome to join in using as many or all of the words too. Just pingback to this post and then leave a link to your post in the comments so that I can see it and respond directly.
As always, have fun, and enjoy this week’s effort of pure fiction which I hope is a scenario that never comes about!
Our words were:
button, change, chip, continuance, criminal, data, designer, documents, elite, expenditure, fall, how, law, mind, normal, notice, passed, real, reprieve, two, year.
The year is 2222. Over two hundred years have passed since the world changed.
Historical documents are contradictory, some data bases having been erased to cover incompetence, egotism, and blatant criminal errors to humanity. Conspiracy theories included computers had got wise and turned on their human counterparts, and an alien race had grown tired of the pathetic earthlings destroying themselves and their world so invaded the planet. Introducing their own measures for continuance of the species, they were now no more than lab rats in designer cages.
No-one seemed to notice that in the twenty third century, only an elite few lived beyond 70. Nobody went out and socialising was done from the comfort of the home with linkages to other households. Holidays were holographic scenes on multiplex screens, with exercise and sports venues at the flick of a switch. Education was via virtual classrooms through headsets and apps on the latest smart technology device.
World leaders were holograms as international travel was no longer required and who was to know if they were real or automatons.
Everyone was implanted with a microchip at birth which monitored their needs, movements, lifestyle, activities, eventual income, expenditure and daily medication.
There were no shopping malls, everything done on-line at the press of a button, food dispensed in tablet and liquid form removing the possibility of obesity and diabetes.
It was mind control on the grandest scale as no-one complained, no-one argued, and everyone was accepting of the new normal.
However, should anyone fall foul of the Governing Body, question or disobey the rules, the microchip had another purpose, one that could not be challenged and from which there was no reprieve. As such, law enforcement was not necessary, and the populous could be controlled one way or another.