You’ll find the introduction to this series here.
This post looks at Cars.
Globally, we humans are wedded to cars, see them as almost a right. As a means of transport, they combine convenience, privacy, flexibility, and some degree of freedom, no matter how artificial that may be. But they come at enormous cost to the environment, society, wildlife, equality. Will the future bring enhancements to their use, or simply increase the disparities already existing between the haves and have-nots?
Technically, will they change into devices that impact little on the environment? Is it possible they will become available for all to use; self-driving vehicles, even perhaps flying; rented, owned? Will your mobile phone connect with the nearest suitable vehicle, direct it to your location, and drive or fly you to your destination, deducting the cost of the service from your credit account at the end of the journey?
In a further future, will it become possible to hire a self-navigating vehicle to take you on a voyage to the Moon, Mars?
Or will cities and the connecting airways become so congested with such vehicles they become unusable? Will future commuters spend their days in endless traffic jams, unable to escape the logic of the machine that must take them to their destination regardless of how protracted that journey may become?
There is potential for further freedom for the car user, but there is also potential for greater disparity between those who have the means and those who are denied it. Will such inequality bring about rioting, revolution, violent vengeance?
These are some suggestions I make for consideration if you’re including the common theme of cars in your story. I’m sure you can think of many more. Please feel free to let us know your ideas, using the comment space below the post.
Part 1, Introduction and Accommodation. Part 2, Activism. Part 3, Advertising. Part 4, Agriculture. Part 5, Artificial Intelligence. Part 6, Animals, as Pets. Part 7, Art. Part 8, Authority. Part 9, Banking. Part 10, Beauty. Part 11, Blasphemy. Part 12, Business. Part 13, Capitalism.