Who would have thought that there was more to come in the development of wearables that help us move from A to B? From hoverboots, to hoverbackpacks and hoverhelmets, we can now add the Hoversock.
Obviously normally sold in pairs, hoversocks are the ultimate for the aircast addicted couch potatoe. Float from couch to refreshment source at the drop of a thought.
Sales of hoversocks have been healthy since launch, though a few customer horror stories have recently rocked share prices in the parent company AirTech. Only last month an elderly couple who fell asleep watching old aircast re-runs off ‘Buddies’, woke up hanging from the ceiling of their apartment upside down. They might still be there had it not been for the swift action of their CareDroid and the prudent use of an antique so-called ‘ladder’ belonging to a neighbour’s artefact collection.
AitTech is still to comment officially.
By the mid 22nd Century, artificial intelligence had advanced so much that there was a ‘droid’ for pretty much everything. Whether one needed medical attention (MediDroid), cleaning up (SaniDroid), help with shopping (KardashaDroid), needed to eat (StarDroid) or desired some companionship (ComfortDroid) there was a two-legged human-like robot of varying shapes, sizes and sexes that you could easily summon to help you.
Most droids would either help you on the spot (depending of course on how private or personal the help required was…) or very quickly take you somewhere to get more in-depth, specialist support. A MediDroid, for example, had a built-in person carrier which if necessary could be deployed to take an individual quickly to an appropriate facility or to connect to a specialist virtual clinic.
Droids had come to be a trusted form of artificial intelligence though they had recently gone through a bad patch with the so-called ‘Life4Real’ hack. This group, made up of a group of former university professors and dedicated to the restoration of antiquated systems and processes, launched a virus attack on G-Soft that almost brought down that tech giant’s AI network.
Of course, G-Soft managed to restore full service quite quickly but not before a few people who just wanted a suit cleaned got mistakenly whisked off for major surgery!
Amongst a range of measures to keep the Earth’s climate bearable in the 23rd Century has been the technology pioneered by PolarIce. This small non-profit concern patented the IceCapture Drone in 2255.
Their first 5 pilot drones demonstrated the concept of polar ice cap renewal in 2262 through repairing a 22,000 square mile hole at the South Pole. Resultant drops in air temperature in the Western hemisphere were shown to be significant. Unfortunately, PolarIce has run out of operational funds and Earth’s Supreme Government Association has failed to agree continued public funding for them. Accordingly, PolarIce and their patent is now the subject of a bidding war between G-Soft, SinoCom and SoviSecure.
At this stage, it is unclear which of these three conglomerates will win out. What is certain though is that the era of free ice cover for the people’s of the Earth will soon be over.
Since the early 22nd Century, there have been hardly any schools or universities on Earth. The need for them slowly died out as virtual learning became ever more sophisticated and the ‘school’ or ‘university’ came to wherever you were whenever you wanted it to, as did your classmates.
Children learn now from the age of 6 months at virtual School and carry on in that way as they grow, occasionally visiting key physical facilities when they need to, either because the facility is of key historical interest or because they need to attend one of the few remaining specialist learning and research centres.
The old progression from junior school to senior school and then college or university has disappeared, and people just learn continuously through forms of virtual reality. The old formal qualifications that people used to collect including university degrees became redundant and were replaced ultimately by digital markers encoded in their DNA. A simple thumbprint can be used to authenticate and showcase one’s skills and knowledge to any prospective employer.
Of course, as mentioned, there are still a few physical places of learning or higher academies as they are called, where dusty old President Professors pretend to do worthwhile research and find out things that the Artificial Intelligences can’t…….
The Antiques AirCast has broken a record that had stood for several decades. Previously, the single most valuable item ever displayed on the show was a pair of shoes that had previously belonged to the 22nd Century mega-movie star Mikal Doomstone.
This week’s audience held its collective breath as a so-called ‘SmartPhone’ from the late 21st Century, discovered wedged under the seat of a Concordat space module being exhibited in the Trans-National Science Park, was valued at 1 Million Karats. This is over 10 times the value of Mr. Doomstone’s shoes. The ‘SmartPhone’ displayed on the show, the MyPhone ZXZ, is thought to be one of the last 3 in existence on the planet.
For those of you who wouldn’t know a ‘SmartPhone’ from an ‘airplane’, ‘SmartPhones’ were popular for over 75 years from around 1995. They were basic communication devices about the size of someone’s hand. People would carry them around in their pockets and frequently take them out to tap away at them so as to send messages to their friends via a satellite network.
Can you Imagine how unhygienic and inconvenient that must have been!!
Members of the GoGLE (Guardians of Galaxy Lifeform Evolution) sect believe that mystical beings live on Planet X. No one can be sure of this partly because no one from Earth has ever been able to land on Planet X.
However, followers believe that ‘real’ GoGLEs have occasionally put in appearances on Earth helping to keep Earth safe from the attention of Mud Lizards, Trooks, Sequestrans and the like.
Amongst followers of the sect, the best-known and most worshipped GoGLEs are Azz-Lex and his son, Cat. Overall the GoGLEs are kindly disposed towards Earth, may have once lived there and to growing numbers of people are effectively deities.
The GoGLE movement on Earth now has over 8 billion members.