Friday Fictioneers: Webs Of Greed

It’s another Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Friday Fictioneers, which is a challenge to write a 100-word story inspired by the below photo prompt hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. I guess if Major League Baseball can have its Winter Meetings in fall, Rochelle can have Friday Fictioneers on Wednesday as long as she doesn’t implement a designated hitter or worse a designated writer. The designated hitter has been around longer than me, but I still think it’s an atrocity.

PHOTO PROMPT© Sandra Crook

I’m not really sure what’s going on in the picture. I had to read some of the other stories to get an idea of what’s happening. The best I can tell is there’s a machine in a factory that’s spooling thread, fishing line, Spider-Man’s webs…

Webs Of Greed

As technology improved, computers got smarter.

As computers got smarter, humans got greedier and lazier.

Greed led to more jobs being done by fewer humans.

Laziness led to apathy.

Apathy led the people in charge to ignore the rising poverty rates and downplay the pollution created by their autonomous factories as their wealth grew.

Increasing riots were suppressed by machines built by machines. Further riots were preemptively extinguished by criminalizing poverty, a crime punishable by death. As the impoverished dwindled, poverty was redefined by an algorithm programmed into the machines.

The machines carried on long after the humans were gone.

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