Into the metaverse. (An existential rant)
It's December 1st
And it's warm enough outside to break a sweat,
Lakes, rivers, and reservoirs are seeing all time lows, chronic drought is our new reality,
Meanwhile, Facebook is building a virtual world for you to live in,
where "connecting with people," as Zuckerberg puts it, is the purpose of its inception, considering that soon the world governments won't allow you to leave your house over fears of contracting a virus that your already immune to dying from. But why would you need to go outside anyway?
Automation has already made most of your jobs obsolete, and the rest of you can work remotely,
(here's where the term essential workers comes back into play: those who can do the only things the robots can't..)
Your life support supplies (essentials) can be delivered by Amazon,
And the need for any other life enhancing
Commodity becomes obsolete as well, considering you won't be leaving the house or having company over..
Private property becomes obsolete.
(As does the need for actual privacy.)
You'll opt instead to earn and spend your time, and your "credits"
In the metaverse, on virtual commodities, such as clothes for your avatar, or paintings for your virtual living space that can be traded, "same as cash" or snatched away without warning by the creators of the metaverse, under the jurisdiction of a singular world government.. or even a random hacker.
You'll be sad that the imaginary things you worked for have suddenly vanished,
But it won't last considering You'll be able to press a button and feel any way you want to through the use of endorphin altering stimulant gas pumped in through your new VR headset feeding tube.
Just 10 credits for slightly happy!!
12 for slightly happier...
25 for ecstacy... (short-lived)
50 for pure joy
150 for orgasm...
( if you can afford it. )
For the right amount of virtual money, anything is possible! We become consumed by the pursuit of acquiring enough credits to experience every obscure sex act and achieving god-like super powers.
While you were busy in your imaginary world, Amazon, Google, and Facebook have finally merged to form Skynet.
(And by the way, there are biological robots being built right now using stem cells from amphibians, and they're capable of reproducing.)
Come to think of it, the entire world is already fully functioning in the new virtual one,
Why would all of you biological meat sacks need so much space?
Whole houses and neglected lawns wasting all those resources just for you to jack into the metaverse...
Humans are then shuffled into temperature stable boxlike apartments with high speed internet connections, wireless VR headsets and a series of tubes for their faces and butts.
Their fragile biological structures couldn't withstand the extreme heat outside anyway.. global warming and years of constant drought have fuelled megafires, thus making the air unbreathable without the use of filters.
Humans are kept pacified
With the only things that mattered to them in the first place, the need to buy and sell commodities for the sake of advancing toward an enviable summit of perceived accomplishment.
A need completely met and surpassed in the virtual world.
"We have created everything you need and more," robot Jeff ZuckerBorg smirks.
The Humans are satisfied.
Those that have the necessary "social" skills to thrive in the virtual universe at least.
Their bodies remain plugged in to the grid to produce electromagnetic currents which have been found to be intrinsically connected to the function of the planet
And thus vital for earth and for the machines to survive.
Something tells me, we all know what happens next.
Enjoy the REAL world while you can folks... we may not be allowed to for long.