Precious Life

It was several years ago when I fell down the rabbit hole. I rolled a cigar and sat on the front porch, watching as the sky was consumed by fire from gods I had never known. It was like childhood again, back when the streets were a playground and the thunder ringing in your ears was magic instead of science.

The world had changed. It waited for me to struggle and find my place, and then everybody dove into their cellphones, and never came back out. Airports are empty, except for scattered cell phones lying about. Supermarkets are fully stocked, and totally desolate, except for the cell phones, a harsh reminder of the day it happened.

3 years ago

Humans were racing as always, towards more efficient technology, and higher productivity. Sacrifices were made, fortunes won and lost, in a market far more manipulative and morally corrupt than gambling – Corporate Commerce. The cell phone was perhaps the hottest item for debate. NoSung Mobile had just produced a phone that could digitally absorb your mind and body into its interface, creating a digital world for you and other users.
Ethical? sure, why not?
Moral? ehhh….
Lucrative? you bet your ass it was….
Dangerous?… I guess that depends on your perspective…

The first trials were a rousing success, and the product went global. Millions of people disappeared overnight, and reappeared in the morning, having been to the virtual Himilayas, or a virtual beach in Maui. The phone took over the market, no other company could compete. NoSung took first prize in the race to the top. They even started a charity program to get the phone into the hands of the young, the poor, to everybody…

Then one day there was a glitch. Every single phone activated itself at once, and every person in the world was sucked into cyber space. Then all the phones shut off, trapping everybody inside.

And so I sit here on my porch, day after day, thinking about how short-sighted we can be, and about how precious natural life is, as I watch the digital fire consume my virtual sky.

Precious Life

garhea

Naperville, United States

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Short story about life and technology

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