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Industry Insight: Crisis on Asimov
Analysis & Commentary by Dr. Sheila Ronis

Chapter One

Benson was heading for an IBM senior executive knowledge sharing conference on Earth. His job was to explain to the company elders why PTV consumer preferences are so different on each of the 12 satellite cities orbiting the Earth. He has also been asked to give a psycho-graphic profile of Boris Chin, the chairman of the System Safety and Environmental Council (SSEC).

The SSEC will soon decide what company will win the century's most lucrative PTV contract -- to build drivable PTVs for Asimov, a Disney-Sagan resort. For decades, no one has been allowed to drive a vehicle anywhere in the system because of environmental and safety concerns.

In 2021, money the world over was replaced by electronic "system dollars" and currency disappeared. Now, people use Microsoft debit cards throughout the system to buy everything. In 2019, Microsoft, knowing that the movement of wealth would yield the greatest profits, purchased MasterCard, Visa International and American Express.

That was only one of the major changes in the early part of the 21st century. IBM, as it is configured in 2085, was created back in 2020 when the merger wave of the old automobile industry took place as globally competitive companies tried to battle Toyota, CIMMCO, the China Integrated Motors and Manufacturing Company, and the huge Ford Sony Boeing Group or FSB.

The system's largest transportation company is FSB. It was created in 2017 when the boards of the three organizations realized they held the required synergies between them for the future of transportation, based on Biefield-Brown technology. Ford executive, Jason Deming, who sat on the Sony board, found out Sony scientists were close to perfecting that technology. With Sony's blessing, Ford scrapped all plans for vehicles with wheels. Instead, it threw all available R&D money toward the development of a global infrastructure and the creation of Personal Transportation Vehicles.

Realizing it couldn't go it alone, Ford approached Sony and Boeing. That merger married Ford's marketing ability, Sony's electronic prowess and Boeing's skill at building lightweight space-frames that integrate sophisticated electronics, such as fly-by-wire and avionics.

During that time, the former automotive industry was becoming the PTV global infrastructure as we know it today, and the need to "space" (a verb) was changing the industry as well. Being a global corporation at that time was considered much too "provincial."

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