Industry Insight: Crisis on Asimov
Yoshiko was on Asimov, studying the environmental impact of drivable PTVs. Benson had to look after the children. Fortunately, they would be at the Virtual Reality Center (VRC) all day. He had lots of work to do. How would he convince the SSEC to permit IBM to develop and build the drivable PTVs?
As he thought about the many challenges, he heard Anna and Peter run to the PTV.
"Bye, Dad," said Anna. Benson heard the PTV talking to the children.
"Good Morning. Your PTV is programmed to take you to the VRC (Virtual Reality Center) for your field trip today with the rest of your class...travel time, three minutes and twenty-seven seconds," said the PTV console as Anna and Peter entered the PTV and fastened their safety belts. Anna had nicknamed the PTV announcer, "Fred."
"Thanks, Fred," said Anna.
"Anna, why do you talk to that thing?" Peter asked. "It's not alive, so why bother?"
"Because, he feels alive to me, and I like him," said Anna.
"It isn't even a him. It's a synthesized voice. You're crazy."
"Well," said Anna. "I may be crazy, but I have one more friend that you have. I have Fred as my friend, too."
By the time the two had stopped bickering, Fred announced, "Welcome to the VRC. Hope you had a pleasant ride. I shall wait for you, here, to take you back home. Have a wonderful day."
"Good-bye Fred. You have a pleasant day, too," Anna said sticking her tongue out at Peter.Now or return to Top or visit the Archives
Crisis on Asimov