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In the near but not too-near future, advancements in AI and robotics have rendered all jobs obsolete while solving global food, energy, and housing shortages. However, due to some very heated debates during this time of great progress, one of the automation systems' most sacred directives is that some labor must be preserved for humans, because "a person is nothing without work". Because of this, the AI has created an entire economy based on completely useless labor. Some people produce little plastic widgets, other people transport them, others deliver them, and others dispose of them in recycling centers so the process can continue. Anyone who shirks their responsibility is punished with the withholding of some luxury goods.
There are no distinct characters in this story. It just keeps going like that, forever.
This has actually been done.
But you know what? This is just another man talking about abortion. I'll just re-quote QG.
I'd read more of this.
I like it, it feels like a blend of Phillip K Dick and Kafka.
I'm reminded of Foucault's Panopticon - that control over society is established by dividing us all up into little cells which are subject to observation and force. "Discipline", means control of our bodies, on the individual level... and this is what keeps societal order chugging along. It's how the current modality of power is preserved whole-cloth -- during your contact with The Power, you are very vulnerable, so you have to behave. You have to show, with your body, that you are docile, nonthreatening, submissive. And the theory is that if we are all subject to this correcting force, we have to internalize the rules, become good inmates.
WE NEED MOAR SCIENCE!
Gee, now I am horrified of katana swords.
Don't worry Jester of Fools, never forget
Swords don't kill people; people kill people
This is blatantly false. Trip Fisk knows better, and I trust a man with hair like that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_RpbaUU7NI