The inaugural lecture of Susan Schilling, Professor of Cybernetic History at University College London, delivered on the 14th of February 2210.
We can summarise twenty-first century man in just four words: he threw things away.
He threw away plastic bags, and drink cans, and bottles. He threw away food. He threw away money. And – worst of all - he threw away machines. Not for him the make-do-and-mend of his fathers and grandfathers: no, the smallest, most fixable flaw would be reason enough for him to junk the whole thing. His mobile phone, his laptop, his car: all would face summary execution the minute they were less than a hundred percent perfect. Often the machine didn’t even need to be broken. It just needed to be old, and by old I mean months old, sometimes less. Everything had to be the latest.
It couldn’t last forever. Very soon, the time was ripe for the coming of the Love Machines.