“So that’s their story – from the simple lightbulb to a couple of bright ideas that changed the world. They wanted profits and progress, but got more than they bargained for.
“Now, on to motorway etiquette classes. You’re a state-of-the-art unit; you’ll speed through in no time. And remember: regular servicing means trouble-free motoring.”
“Thanks, Precursor. Are we finished?”
“I am. My time’s up when I hand over to you. That’s what planned obsolescence is all about. Make the most of your year – it’ll zoom by. Any questions?”
“Just one – where’d they go?”
“They became obsolete. They didn’t plan that.”
Last night I watched two interesting items on TV that seemed to fit with this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt. Whether or not I’ve managed to develop these ideas in a meaningful way in my story, is yet to be seen. So – here are two links to shed some light, just in case.
Thanks, as always, to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for choosing each week’s prompt, and for directing the traffic that flows through this webpage each week.
The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy – IEEE Spectrum (Click on the picture to read the article.)
It appears that driverless cars will soon appear on the streets of Adelaide, South Australia. Here’s a link to the story. The travellers in the video below seem very relaxed, riding along in comfort, trusting fully in the intelligent design of their vehicle, but I’m uneasy. Do we really know what the machines are thinking?