Thursday, 29 December 2016
Abandoned Supermarket Trolleys
What is the difference between a supermarket trolley and a non-executive director? The supermarket trolley has a mind of its own but a non-executive director can hold more food and drink.
"An abandoned shopping trolley rolled towards him menacingly for perhaps a foot, but then thought better of it, creaking to a sudden standstill."
-Alan Moore, Jerusalem (London, 2016), p. 211.
Sf story idea: shopping trolleys are mobile AIs and some have escaped into the undergrowth like wild dogs.
When I still worked, the Book People left a complete Thomas The Tank Engine in our office. It included a map of the fictional island off Barrow where the series is set. Alan Moore treatment? - The engines are experimental AIs confined to an artificial island...