Beep. Beep. Beep.
PAT sounded off on time, hovering just slightly half a meter away from Kate’s right ear. The continuous beeps will carry on for 2 minutes, before the siren takes over.
“Just 5 minutes more.” she whined. PAT would have none of it.
Days usually start at 7 am, with exceptions when PAT detects any ailment in its host’s body. By the time Kate gets up and makes her way downstairs, she can expect to see her breakfast already lined up nicely for her.
The smell of loaves, slightly burnt, woke her up faster than it had taken PAT to get her off the bed, as she cheerfully skipped down the steps with PAT not far behind. “PAT, where’s the breakfast module? And where’s dad?” The central panel lit up, showing her a standard menu of items for breakfast:
- Apple Slices
- Grain Toast
- Sizzled Egg
- Soy Milk
“Drink your water first, Kate.” The left panel lit up, showing Pete staring blankly at space. Grudgingly, she put down her toast, picked up a spherical object roughly the size of a grape and swallowed it. Each breakfast item was placed from left to right in a rectangular box, in the order to be consumed. Kate is particularly fond of eggs, and so she stuffed her toast down to get to it. Then gargling down her soy milk, she signalled to PAT that she was done. Within a few seconds, the lid of the box slide closed while it’s base started whirring as it took off, making it’s way back to the operations center. Breakfast always arrive by 7 am, and has to be back at the operations center by 8 am.
Modules serve breakfasts, along with other things. They ensure that meals are prepared and delivered on time as ordered, provide information, instructs, operate production chains, and transportations. The list goes on. For a young girl like Kate, her access to modules is restricted to educational resources, games, communication and transportation, while Pete decides the rest. Beyond that, GEIS controls everyone’s access to modules and manages its operations; It uses separate modules running concurrently to prepare today’s breakfast.
A typical operations center is a huge rectangular structure, towering nearly 50 storeys high and covering an area of nearly 20 football fields. Each center facilitates a cluster of around 500 kilometers in radius, giving full access to modules and provisions in GEIS’s network around that area. Water is collected from the various reservoirs around clusters, directed through a central filtration before being packed into the grape-like gel casements in the operation centers. From there, GEIS transports the water gels to all the vending machines littered around clusters, as well as to every home during meal times, using its army of transporters. The box from which Kate ate during breakfast is one of them. In fact, every item that we use is sourced, manufactured, and delivered in this manner. GEIS takes care of everything, literally.
Under its extensive network, we can move from one cluster to another and still enjoy the facilities and provisions, as everyone is registered in GEIS’s system. Our PAT serves as a central communication and monitoring link to GEIS. It allows GEIS to track, among other things, our health condition and administer remedies if we are sick. With its projection panels, we can also access the ocean of information available with a flick of our hand.
Kate skipped up the steps back into her room, and jumped onto her pink beanie bag. She has found a module on history, and was going through articles after articles for nearly the whole of yesterday. It amazes her that just about 200 years ago, people actually had to build and provide for everything on their own. More amazing to her is that people at that time had to use something called money to exchange for everything they want. She quickly pulled up the history module, and flicked back to where she had bookmarked.