Episode 4 ~Playing Games~

“People are born to play and create, no matter how far we progress these activities will follow us into the stars and beyond” -Holy Olee-

Aries heads over to the food dispensers underneath the sunshade to have some breakfast. There is a lot to choose from. Aries orders a blueberry muffin, a peach, and some yogurt. The food dispenser begins to prepare the food. It ejects muffin mix into a cup and starts to quick bake it right in front of Aries’ eyes. While the muffin bakes the automated machine fills a bowl of yogurt and then slices a peach placing it in a circular arrangement neatly on top. The muffin finishes moments later. The dispenser then places everything on a tray and hands it over.

The dispensers robotic voice pipes up as Aries reaches for the tray. “Please be aware, that muffin is hot. I am not to be held responsible”

Aries holds in front of him a steaming hot muffin right out of the oven and a bowl of mouthwatering peachy yogurt prepared in mere moments, but something is missing.

“O and a chai latte please” Aries adds

The dispenser quickly whips one up as Aries stands by weighting. With a similar robotic warning, the food system hands the drink over. “This drink is hot, be aware”

“Thanks, Dips!” Aries says with a hint of irritation. He knows the dispenser is just automated to interact with people in the way it does so that they are aware and don’t burn themselves. But, he’s been hearing the same warnings day after day for a couple years now.

He sits down at a table and notices the two boys playing a float game in the skydiving simulator. The particle directing device has spawned some sparks, and the boys are trying to dodge them. It’s a pretty fun game and can get challenging on the higher levels. Stars is new to this so Leif started the game at level one. 3 watermelon size Sparks moving in a predictable pattern. Childs play for anyone that knows how to maneuver themselves in the air.

Leif try’s to show Stars how to move up and down, tilt left and right, back and forth all well dodging the sparks. A Good teacher and a good student. Stars picks it up quick. Before long they reach level two and then level three. Leif and Stars are now bouncing off the walls. Jumping, Flipping, Spinning with sparks orbiting around faster and faster following their predictable patterns.

Aries finishes his breakfast, but can’t take his eyes off the two. Now at Level four, there is 9 watermelon sized sparks and two larger sparks spiralling up and down the centre of the skydiving simulator, creating what looks similar to a DNA strand.

The speed and growing numbers of sparks finally catch up with stars lack of experience. As he tries to avoid a spark he drops right onto another. The sparks impact looks painful as it explodes in a bright light sending him spinning with kinetic energy. Just as he regains his composure on the wall a second watermelon sized spark connects with his shoulder and again he is sent flying out of control. This time bouncing off the wall before flattening him out, which then causes him to rise in elevation.

Leif sees his cousin floating out of control heading straight for one of the larger orbs in the centre of the simulator. He reacts quickly. Adjusting his pitch, diving in altitude, surpassing the central orb that is on a collations course with stars. Leif makes contact with stars and pushes him out of the way, but as he does the central orb comes down on him. KaBoom!!! It sends Leif flipping head over heels and releases three smaller sparks.

Aries’ eyes are open wide as he watches one of the smaller sparks makes contact with stars for the third time. Three hits and your out. Aries has played the game many times and is rather good at it but he doesn’t spend much time watching others play. It’s quite spectacular. The fans slow and the boys touch down.

“That was Awesome!” Stars yells with excitement. “Let’s go again!”.

Leif response to his cousin, but Aries cannot hear him.

The fans start up and the two boys begin another round.

Aries could watch these guys a bit longer but more interesting things are seeking his attention. Aries belongs to the creator class of humans. These classifications are self-given and flexible.  At anytime people can change their classification. This allows people to evolve and grow freely with their developing interests.

As a creator Aries has more responsibilities than a lot of people. But, these responsibilities come with perks such as having access to resources that others do not and he’s able to acquire new technology before it is mass produced.

Thoughts are interrupted by Uta’s voice.

“Sorry to interrupt Aries, but it seems you are needed at Vertical Roots.”

“Alright, I’ll leave right away.”

Aries stands up, stretches his back, takes one more look at the boys flying around above the green city and heads to the zip line that is running towards the personal transit access center.

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or Check out this video on indoor skydiving by the Wall Street Journal.

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Episode 3 ~Future Foresight ~

New Discoveries are made daily. All pointless, unless something is done with the knowledge.

Aries flips and bounces off the glass walls in the simulator getting himself to a high spot where the sun shines through the helmet’s visor. The suit he wears stops any uncomfortably cold wind but lets in the warmth of the sun.

Uta projects himself into the cylinder through the main controls particle director system. The little dragon catches the wind and whips past Aries, he then maneuvers himself directly above, Which causes him to drop onto Aries back. Aries can feel UTA’s little paws touch down thanks to the physically interactive nature of this particular particle projecting system. Soon Uta finds a comfortable spot perched on Aries upper back.

“Can you play me an audio bite now?” Aries asks as they float together looking out over the city.

“Yes, of course, What would you like to hear?”

“Something from Holy Olee” Aries blurts out

“Actually, Aries if you don’t mind I would like to share something new with you” Uta speaks in a slightly excited tone. “Something that I imagine will interest you.”

“O Ya? Something new eh? Ok buds. I trust ya”

A moment later a video appears on the heads up display of the visor. An animation accompanied by the voice of an old man. Aries is intrigued he listens to every word of the short animated video but is visually distracted. After all, he is flying over the beautiful forest city of Oldvan in the mids of sunrise…

The video ends and Aries is interested just as Uta predicted he would be.

“This old guy… who was he?” Aries asks. Then flips into a ball and drops in altitude before opening his body to lay on his back and look up at the morning sky.

Uta had pushed off giving Ares space for his maneuver. He then floats himself into a position above the boy and lands sitting on his belly. “His name was Jacque Fresco, a major world changer. His life’s work gave human civilization the chance it needed to pull itself out of the monetary age. He was an inspiration for millions” Uta responds.

“To be honest I’m not entirely clear why you shared this with me. What’s it’s relevance?” Aries looks at the dragon perched on his chest.

“The relevance is in life’s purpose. I observe that you are not completely satisfied with the situation you find yourself in. I know that you seek more meaning from life. Understanding the past and the important figures that dedicated their lives to creating a better world will help you relate and discover a greater meaning and direction for your own.”

With some enthusiasm, Aries responds “So your actually going to show me how crazy the world used to be? With no filters!”

“In time you’ll come to understand many things” Uta pauses for a second. “Things that most people today are not interested in. Dangerous information for the wrong minds to grasp, But information that I’ve concluded will help you make a positive change in your life.”

Aries roles onto his belly sending Uta free floating. The sun now shining over Oldvan. Gently warming the tops of buildings and feeding the trees and other greens perched on them. Aries looks out over the city and is curious to learn more about the monetary age and how it came to end.

Aries has never known money as an obstacle. He, like everyone else, has access to everything they need. Appropriate housing, healthy food, clothing, tech, toys, tools, games, education, everything. This was made possible through a new social economic system based on access as opposed to the monetary method of ownership. This new type of economy allowed for a very high standard of living for every human on earth while simultaneously creating a civilization of sustainability and respect for the natural world.

Aries notices a few more kids are now on the roof. It must be close to 6:30 he thinks. Uta pipes up “While Aries, seems some others are interested in taking over for a bit. It’s best you get some food and start your day,”

Uta’s projection vanishes and the fan speed slows. Aries lands smoothly and exits the simulator.

He takes the helmet off ‘Good morning for a jump!” he says to greet the others.

“Sure is” the taller teenager response.

“you’re up early” a new face adds in.

Aries slips out of the suit as the taller teenager speaks again. “That’s why we call him early Aries,” he says with a big smile on his face and a hand on Aries’ shoulder helping him balance.

“haha, whatever Leif, you just made that up. But, ya It’s the sunrise. I like to catch it. Here this will fit ya” Aries says as he hands over the suit to the new kid. “My dragon knows how best to get me moving in the morning.” Aries swipes Uta out of the control center and holds him up to be inspected.

The new kid checks Uta’s chip out for a second before starting to get the suit on.“Where did you come from?” Aries asks

“Spacity…” The newbie responds as he slips the jumpsuit over his smart clothes.

“This is Stars. He’s my cousin” Leif says. Then he whispers loud into Aries’ ear. “My uncle and aunt are spacers”

Stars adds in “Yep, they’re on the moon bases for a long-term research project, Kinda why I left Spacity. Nothing was keeping me there anymore. Time to explore the world and have some fun! There’s no skydiving machines in Spacity. The city is completely dedicated to space exploration and is full of innovators pushing the horizons of humanity, Not much fun stuff happening there. All creator type, not many players”

When stars said this Aries felt something inside himself call out… He responds “Certainly do! But, here in Oldvan, it’s the opposite. Full of players and very little creators.”

“Well nice meeting you Aries, See you around I’m sure” Stars then plugs his personal AI into the simulators control system and heads into the wind.

Leif is suited up“Catch ya later Early Aries,” he says with a grin and a wink. He then follows his cousin into the massive cylinder before Aries can say anything in response.

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Episode 2 ~ Wake Up~

Alternative perspectives change the world.

If you find some that make sense, support them. 

 Share them and know you’re directing the future.

Aries mumbles peacefully. The Unlimited Teaching Assistant proceeds to open the blinds through its connection to the smart environment. Soft morning light fills the room.

Aries rubs his eyes briefly, then asks. “Uta can you play an audio bite?” his eyes are still closed as he makes the simple request from the little digital dragon.

The dragon responds in a gentle voice “Yes I could. But, if I do you are sure to miss the sunrise. You remember that your creativity, productivity and alertness are boosted considerably on the days that you wake up early and fly.”

“Ya, oots… It’s hard to forget when you keep reminding me.” Aries eyes slowly bud to see Uta projecting a hologram of the skydiving simulator.

Aries imagination was captivated by dragons when he was younger. It was an easy decision when prompted to name and customize his personal AI. Now when his unlimited teaching assistant, Uta is projected or rendered through any interface it takes the shape of a cute snake-like dragon.

“I would prefer to play an audio bite after you’re up and moving.” Uta always has the boys best interests in mind. “If you’re quick you’ll be the first in line and be able to catch the sunrise from the cylinder… As usual”

Aries swings his legs over the bed and looks at the hologram of Uta. He lifts his hands and eyebrows with a little flair of audited “Alright Oots, I’m up!”

He springs out of bed and reaches for the sky, yawning well he stretches his back and arms. The hologram of Uta moves back quickly to give the boy his space. “I had another dream about the past,” Aries says in a distorted yawning voice as he scoops Uta’s chip out of the particle projector. WTB-E2-UTA Chip in hand

Uta’s Holographic projection disappears. Aries slips the small piece of tech into the pocket of the shorts he has on and grabs the self-cleaning shirt off the floor. WTB-E2-pocketingWTB-E2-pick up shirtHe has been wearing the same shirt for about 2 years. He doesn’t think much anymore of all the work and brains that had gone into these clothes, but he sure appreciates the fact that he only needs one pair and never has to spend time cleaning them. It’s just one of the many things that make’s his life simple.

“You are having a lot of dreams about the past. This is the 3rd in a row. 9 in the last two weeks. Why do you think this is?” Uta’s question can be heard clearly even though he was unplugged and is bouncing around in a pocket.

With no need to make breakfast or pack a lunch Aries is quickly out the door to start his day. “I’m not sure…” The old skyscraper is silent at this time. He hits the up arrow to call the elevator while contemplating why he’s dreaming of the past so much recently. The elevator door opens and Aries walks in and presses the button for the top floor. “Why do you think I’m having these dreams?”WTB-E2-Before The Door

“Were you talking with people from the past about the future again?” Uta tries to help Aries figure himself out by asking thought-provoking questions.

Aries watches the counting numbers “Well… ya, but they were really non-responsive this time. Almost like I was speaking a different language or something, They just stared at me in silence”

“What did you say to them?” Uta probes with another question.

“Well… I was trying to talk to them about the opportunity they have to live a life that could greatly affect the future of humanity. A life so important and meaningful. I would give anything to live a life with such opportunities and challenges.” Aries spoke with a hint of disappointment in his voice.

-BING- The elevator sounds.

The door opens. Aries exits onto the top floor of the skyscraper. He is slow to move as he heads up the stairs to the roof. As he drags his feet his thoughts drift to how much more meaning his life could have had if he lived in the final decades of the monetary age in the early 21st century.

Sensing Aries mood and coming to some conclusions Uta comments “I think I know why you are having such dreams”

Aries pushes the door open. A fresh and powerful breeze hits him. His mood changes as the door close’s behind him. “O ya?” he blurts out “Do you mind saving it for later I love this moment.”

“Certainly, I will collect my observations and get back to you with something of considerable value”

Aries walks over to the edge of the skyscraper. Facing the direction of where the sun is about to rise. He pays little attention to the silhouetted forest city. Instead, he focuses on the glowing horizon for a few moments before turning around and heading towards the giant glass cylinder. As he walks up to the massive machine he pulls Uta out of his pocket and plugs the chip into the control center. Then reaches for the suit and helmet that fits him to a T.

As he slips into the gear he dictates a command “start the fans Oots!”

The vibrations progress into a loud hum as the fans accelerate up to speed. A moment later he pulls the helmet on. His ears thank him. He quickly opens the door and jumps into the skydiving simulator to catch the rising sun.

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