The saga of Vassal Squeezeshot is a fiction that may be coming true for all of us. In prose and some verse, illustrated with art, photography, and video, it envisions a technology thatmay turn our lives inside out.
The technology, mosquito-sized drones, will become commonplace.All of us —individuals, businesses,governments, etc.—will send them wherever we want, and see and hear what’s there. And any of us will be able to tune in to anyone else’s; they broadcast everywhere.
Prelude, the Saga’s introductory volume, describes the coming of the tiny drones, and, with the rest of the Saga, explores the consequences. Our senses of ourselves, our society, our civilization, and our world will
be transformed. Our privacy, secrecy, intimacy, security, family life, community, government, commerce, jobs, education, entertainment, and our culture as a whole will change dramatically.
Will something like that really happen? Is it inevitable? Desirable? If it happens, how will we respond? Can we adapt to it? Will we gain from it, or lose, or both? One reader has called it a “humane transformative technology.” Might that prove true?
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A minute of audio about those questions:
Read Prelude here and/or listen to its first pages here:
Short takes from
the eternal present