The Future, Speaking of the Past

(The Fourth Industrial Revolution)

Everything was automatic, so efficient that people were forced by an excess of spare time and the resulting boredom to interact with one another. This should have been the best possible outcome, but it seemed to them a most torturous situation. The were terminally advanced, inexorably detached. They went on about their lives finding innumerable ways to distract themselves, and no one thought they needed anyone for anything.

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