When the Machine Stops 當世界網路線拔掉時

Short story on a short trip

1909 的著作。作者描述未來世界人們都住在一個大“機器”的系統裡。所有食衣住行或交際的需求,都可以一鍵滿足




“No one confessed the Machine was out of hand. Year by year it was served with increased efficiency and decreased intelligence. The better a man knew his own duties upon it, the less he understood the duties of his neighbour, and in all the world there was not one who understood the monster as a whole. Those master brains had perished. They had left full directions, it is true, and their successors had each of them mastered a portion of those directions . But Humanity, in its desire for comfort, had over-reached itself. It had exploited the riches of nature too far . Quietly and complacently, it was sinking into decadence, and progress had come to mean the progress of the Machine.”