The saga of Vassal Squeezeshot is a fiction that may be coming true for us all. Enhanced with more than 100 pieces of original art, photography, and video, it envisions a technology that may turn our lives inside out.
The technology—mosquito-sized drones—will become commonplace. All of us 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 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? Will we adapt? Will we gain, lose, or a whole lot of both? One reader has called such drones a “humane transformative technology.” To what extent 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:
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