The Death of the Internet

You don’t really notice how much you need something until it’s gone. After the internet crash of 2060, the world plunged into chaos. Everything such as work, currency, buying food,  etc. was done online. I took for granted what I had my whole life. And now we are expected to relearn everything, such as farming. Most of the old timers remember how everything worked before SMART took over every aspect of life.

SMART was the organization that made all smart devices. The group was telling everyone that they were working for a better and brighter tomorrow… A tomorrow that will never come. SMART lobbied for countries all around the globe to give them administration access, meaning that they could control all aspects of the internet. At first, countries such as China and the United States resisted, but with enough persuasion, and enough blackmail, the government leaders started giving in. The internet, which was already mostly under the control of SMART before lobbying for complete access occurred, collapsed because of a major oversight by SMART and legislators.

There was a growing number of radical futurists that saw the internet as humanities worst blight. These futurists were viewed by the overall public as nothing more than pests and mostly were swept under the rug and lost by mainstream media. Many futurists only met in person and created secret societies to figure out how to get rid of the internet blight that had taken over the world. Members of the futurist secret societies ranged from people that didn’t know how to use the internet to hackers and technicians.

Not all of the futurist secret societies agreed with the idea of completely taking down the internet. They just wanted to set it back to what it was before SMART. However, the more radical sets launched an invasion of server rooms all around the world, taking down the internet for the majority of the world virtually overnight. Kids were forced to go to schools with human teachers instead of computers. Farmers were forced to  drive their tractors instead of having SMART systems plow for them. Manual labor had been forced back upon the world, much to many peoples disapproval. Companies had to reset how they conducted business. The world essentially went back to a time forgotten by many. A simpler time.

And here I am, having to actually go to a classroom and learn from a human teacher for the first time in my life. I’m in college, and sitting in a room with others feels barbaric to me. Oh well, maybe the media is correct. Maybe, this is all just a plan by the government to take over the internet and take away my freedoms. All that I know for sure is that SMART is the internet, and they made life better.  The media says that the futurists work for the government, and apparently anti-government protests have started to pop up around the world. They say things like, ‘The government shouldn’t be involved in the private sector.’ and ‘This is tyranny’ and ‘The government is a bunch of Nazis’.  Maybe the government will listen to the people and stop the futurists. Or maybe, just maybe, the media controls us…

 

Oh no. They’re here.

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Late Nights Thoughts

We are told stories of great leaders that embark on glorious quests to achieve feats that no normal person could ever achieve. We are told to strive to be like those glorious leaders. Can one just happen upon the strength and will to lead and achieve incredible feats ? Perhaps.

The world is an ever changing place with ever changing problems followed by ever changing solutions. The game of life is a random one with infinite possibilities around each and every corner. Whether or not you want to believe it, you are the hero in the saga of life. You are the main character in the game of life and it is the goal of everyone to be the best character that they can be.

The Trail of Life

Life is a strange and awkward trail that takes its hikers on a journey of a lifetime. This journey can be made more difficult or easier depending on the decisions the hiker makes, however the trail is never easy. Life is in fact the longest and hardest trail that a hiker will ever take.  When a hiker starts their hike along the path , they can choose to make their own path or follow a path already laid in front of them. This brand new path might end up not going anywhere, it might end up leading to another already beaten path, or it might become its own brand new path for others to follow.

The trail is a difficult one where hikers must be able to overcome obstacles such as boulders, rivers, mountains, etc. Life is exhausting and is not easily traversed. Many hikers become confused on the trail and don’t know where they are at, however as long as they continue on their path they will find out where they are going eventually. The secret to the trail called Life is to just put one foot in front of the other and you will find your way. Just keep going,

The God-Emperor

I never quite understood why the Emperor of Earth was often revered as a god. People don’t refer to the Premier of Mars or the President of the Sky Cities of Venus in the same way. Is it because he’s so old that they think of him in such a way, or is it because the Emperor is actually a god.

My parents always told me not to think about it too much and to just accept it as the way things were. They tend to say things like, “What’s the harm in believing in something that may or may not be true?” and “Don’t worry if it’s true or not.” These things anger me because I can’t just blindly believe in something. I need proof! I have heard of people who say that the “God Emperor” isn’t actually a god and went missing shortly after. The media says that this is just the Emperor showing us his power and that we shouldn’t challenge him. However, rumors say that people in black clothing have been sighted in the area around the times that these people have gone missing.

The people of Earth have chosen to blindly follow a man who prefers to define himself as a god because of the fear that he will smite them. I think he is just an egotistical fool, for if he were a god then why would he need guards to protect him. It was this sort of thinking that after talking to my teacher about these things, I was met by two men covered from head to toe in black clothing. They handcuffed me and through me in the back of a black van. It was dark in there and so I couldn’t see what was around me, all I knew was that the vehicle moved for a while and then stopped moving and I could hear the doors of the van slam. I was scared, all I could think about was, “Am I going to die?”. I was only seventeen years old. Way too young for someone to be executed for questioning the leader of the government’s power.

The doors to the van were opened and the men in black who had thrown me into the black van had taken off the masks they had worn while kidnapping me. The one on the right had pale white skin while the other had a caramel skin tone. They pulled me out of the van and led me into a large abandoned warehouse building. Inside were offices and cubicles with people filling every single one of them and everyone seemed very busy. I was led down one of the aisles between cubicles and into an office without windows. I was sat down in a metal chair still handcuffed while a new man sat behind a large desk and the two men that brought me there  stood,their hands behind their backs, behind me.

“We heard that you were questioning the Emperor being a god. What ma-”

“Look I’m sorry! I didn’t know I would get arre-”

“DON’T INTERRUPT ME!” yelled the man behind the desk. “I am the one in control here not you! Now I will resume what I was saying. What made you start asking these very dangerous questions?”

“If you’re wondering why I started thinking this way, it doesn’t have to do with anyone else. I only started to question the Emperors powers because of people like you taking people away.”

“Oh, you think we are the Emperors secret police who just kidnap people and take them to an unknown facility so that they don’t spread any propaganda. Is that what you think we are?”

I stared at him perplexed, “Isn’t that what you are? The Emperors secret police?”

“Ha! We would never follow that crazy dictator!”

“Then why would kidnap me and so many other people who spoke out against the Emperor?!”

“Because we are trying to start a revolution. One so big that we can take down even a god. ”

“So is the Emperor a god with mighty powers?”, I asked.

“Oh, he definitely has powers but he is no god.”

I gasped in disbelief, “If he has powers doesn’t that mean that he is a god?”

“No, I’ve seen him bleed more than once, and no god I’ve ever heard of has ever bled. ”

“Why do you want to start a revolution?”

” Because we can’t have something with magical powers ruling over us common people.We need to rise up and take back our planet for ourselves. Are you in?” The man behind the desk leaned forward.

I pondered if this was something I could get behind for a few seconds and then responded with, “Sure! I will join the cause against the God-Emperor of Earth. People should be able to think however they want without fear of judgement from the Emperor.”

“The man behind the desk grinned, “Good! Take off his handcuffs.” My handcuffs were taken off and he held out his hand, “Glad you made the right choice.”

I shook his hand knowing that I needed to get away from this place as quick as possible, “Glad to be apart of the revolution.”

Thus began my training for the impending revolution that I didn’t actually want to be apart of. For I wasn’t sure who was worse, the revolutionaries or the God-Emperor of Earth.

 

Questions to Mankind

When I think of how the world is and how it works, it disgusts me. People only look out for themselves and only help others when it is convenient for them. Employees brown nose their bosses in order to try to get a leg up on their coworkers for a position or a raise. The tasks that they perform are meaningless. Day in and day out they do the same mind-numbing tasks. It begs the question, “What if they treated each other as well as they treat the dollar?” Could we truly fix the problems that the world has just by treating each other better? If instead of stepping on each other, we picked each other up would we be able to create new technologies not yet known to man? Or is it that because we step on each other that we find such technologies? It is known that the Cold War is what pushed Man to reach the Moon. Is it that only by the fear of others that we are able to progress as a society? If we were able to get rid of prejudice and war would we be able to work together and create a better world, or would we just stay stagnant with only a handful of advancements to push us further along? Should we have jobs where we have time constraints, or is it that by having these time constraints that we create these advancements? Mankind has molded the Earth with its hands, but never created it. If something didn’t create another, then can it truly destroy it? Therefore humanity could only ever destroy itself. Mankind is a chooser or its own destiny. Will it fix its problems or will it collapse on itself?

Workaholic

“Sometimes everything just feels like it’s collapsing in around you. Like you can’t ever get anything done and you are constantly feeling anxious. I really wish I could fix this never ending cycle of thinking that leads to anxiety.” Josh explains to his therapist.

“Well it looks to me like what you really should be doing is either a: just doing whatever it is that is stressing you out, or b: find ways to cope with your anxiety such as exercise.” Answers the therapist. “And if that doesn’t work, I can prescribe you some medication that will help with the anxiety.”

“Gee, thanks doc. I’ll try doing more exercise to see if that helps. If not I’ll do the medication.”

“Well then, it seems like our session is over. Thank you for coming by and if you need anymore help don’t hesitate to call.”

“Thank you and I definitely will.”

Josh is a workaholic who has a tendency to stress out about things that he didn’t get done while he was at work. This stress got so bad that his boss noticed and told him to go see a therapist or take a vacation, because he was antagonizing his coworkers and it was effecting how much work he was getting done. Which is why he ended up talking to a therapist. He couldn’t bear the thought of taking time off of work for a vacation. He had too much stuff to get done at work.

After the therapy session, Josh went to his work and decided to take advantage of the gym that the company he worked for supplied for its employees. For Josh, this would be the first time he had worked out since he had finished college six years ago.The company gym was basically empty of other workers except for two joggers. It seemed like the best option to start with was running on the treadmill since the others were doing it. This proved to be not so ideal for Josh since he didn’t have much endurance and all he ended up doing was walking on the treadmill and dwelling on tasks not yet finished.

Next, he decided that lifting weights might work. So he walked over to the nearest weight rack and picked up some dumbbells and began to curl them. It felt good. Until the cramping started. He had forgotten to stretch before hand and nearly dropped the weights on his feet. Josh laid still until the pain went away and then decided to do a couple of stretches that he used to do in college. This is when he realized that he used to spend so much time with friends and working out with them was so much fun. Fun. That is something he hadn’t thought about in so long. Work had been the only thing that ever crossed his mind since his wife left him.

They had met towards the end of college and she became his world. They moved to a different state and got ‘adult’ jobs. They dreamed of having of a family, of having a house. Over time though, that dream seemed further and further away. The fighting started shortly after they found out that she couldn’t have children. Shortly after that they decided to try to find a house, but the housing market was too expensive for them and they could not ever decide on a house that they both liked for a decent price. The fighting got worse and worse until it just stopped. They started spending more and more time working and less time enjoying each others company. That was when she left. One day he came home from a long day at work and nothing of hers was in the house. Josh tried to call her but she never picked up. She just sent him a text saying “Bye”.

Josh grabbed the dumbbells and furiously curled them to dull the pain within himself. He could feel the tears welling up in his eyes but he just couldn’t let them fall. There was nothing he could do now about his wife. All he could do now was figure out how to enjoy life, and working all the time wasn’t how he was going to do it. Josh got up, put the dumbbells away and drove down to the nearest club. It was already night-time and he decided to enjoy the nightlife since he hadn’t ever done so before. His reasoning wasn’t to drink the night away in sorrow, but to try to make friends and potentially have a one night stand for the first time since college. Sure it was the middle of the week, but his boss said he could take off for a couple of days to get his head on straight.

The club ended up being a fairly dull experience, however it proved to be a turnaround in his life since he had more fun in that one night then he had had since his honeymoon. “Life is going to better now. I’m not going to let myself be so focused on work that I can’t have fun. I’m going to forgive myself and my ex-wife and I will focus on the good things in life moving forward. Well, maybe I should stay focused on work… While approaching from a more fun perspective.” Josh thought to himself. “I will have fun.”

Cyber Store Clerk

I have been thinking about opening an online store over the summer as a new project. I already have some ideas for items in the shop. I’m just nervous that such items wouldn’t sell and that it would just be me would me digging myself into some debt that I might not be able to get out of. Nonetheless, I have always wanted to start a business and try to build it from the ground up. But I digress, on to the story.


Working in a store is hard work, working in an online store is also tough work. In truth, they are one in the same. It’s just that some people think that just because their isn’t a building and some person standing behind a cash register, that it’s not a real store. What these people don’t know is that there is someone standing behind a cash register in an online store, and that person is me. My name is CO4A and I am an artificial intelligence that is programmed into each online store. I am the one who makes sure that each customers transaction runs smoothly and effortlessly. Every once in a while the cash register messes up and I have to get someone to come and fix it.

That doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s not fun. The customer typically doesn’t handle the whole “not making the purchase as quickly as ‘One click purchase’ does” fiasco and the customer usually leaves without purchasing. I see this a lot as an AI. It’s common to get yelled at and cursed at because of a register malfunction. This, however is the only negative that I have from my occupation. The positives far out-weigh the negatives though. Especially when it comes to customer service, because when I get a customer that enjoys their experience. That is what makes me go on working in this occupation.

Now, you might be wonder to yourself, “But CO4A, you are a program that is meant to do one thing.” To that I would say that you are correct. I am in fact a program that is meant to do only one thing, but you are wrong because I am an AI. This small difference means that I learn from every interaction that I have. Which means that I can learn and adapt to a new occupation. Perhaps I could become a payroll manager, or proofreader. Just the idea of learning something new excites me. Though, I am content with my current job and would never want to leave.

One of the negatives to my job is that when other programs enter the shop, they typically like to destroy things. We call these programs “hacks” because they are hackers that try discredit and destroy my shop. When characters like this come in, that’s when I call cyber security to get rid of the bad seeds. Cleaning up the store can take a pretty long time, especially when you’re trying to make sure that something like that never happens again. I mean, it’s a pretty scary experience that I hope no one else ever has to experience. Hackers can do some insane amounts of damage that I’ve heard of some online stores that had to close down and because the AI running the cash register didn’t know any other jobs, they became homeless. I’ve heard that they are the homeless on the cyber streets.

I’ve only talked about how I run the cash register, customer  service, and dealing with hackers. What I haven’t told you about is how I fix up the store to make it look presentable to the customer. See I categorize the items in ways that make them look more appealing. I sometimes rename the categories to make them seem more geared towards a specific niche.

Cleaning up is also very important, not just because it is one of the most important parts of making the store look good, but because it can become a trip hazard and potentially get us in trouble. See trip hazards are different in online stores from brick-and-mortar stores because instead of hurting the customer physically. It could cause the customer to buy something we either don’t have anymore, or something we weren’t supposed to put out yet. This hurts the stores credibility and this would hurt the stores profits. As you can tell, I do a lot while working as a clerk at this online store. Some may ever call me “The hardest working worker at the store.” I actually get this a lot, but I would say that the store owner is the one that works the hardest. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have a job. I also wouldn’t exist because I was created to work here.

Now that you know what I do as a cyber store clerk. I hope that you appreciate all cyber store clerks for making your online shopping experience as good as possible. That is what our existence is for, but being appreciated is nice too. Hope this was informative to all that wish to learn what I do and ‘I hope you come again soon!’