Sahm’s Prompt: November 27, 2013 – The Chip

WDBWP’s Wednesday Story Prompt is interesting:

Prompt: Imagine a future where the current currencies of the world have been replaced by other kinds of currency.

Ok…time for a little dystopian speculation!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Chip

Everyone is issued a social security number and a credit chip implant at birth since 2212. On every chip 10,000 credits are deposited.  That was the solution the elders invented to guarantee that all people start life out in perfect equal.  Of course if your parents are rich chances are your 10,000 credits just builds up interest and you might never really need to use them at all.

Most people by the time they reach 18  have little or nothing left on their account.  The credits have been long spent on education.  That’s not a real problem of course since  people are offered their first job by the elders when they’re 18.  Working is one of the ways to make your credits raise.

Problems begin when you can’t keep your job, unfortunately that can easily happen in this time of crisis, but if you’ve a little imagination, and you work hard, you can solve the problem.

When your credit runs out, it must be rebuilt within two months.  You can do this by getting another job or a gov-loan or priv-loan.  The alternative is that the chip “retires” you.  Once you reach a certain age, like 60,  you usually can’t find work anymore or get a loan since  you’ll never be able to pay it back, so it’s only logical that you are put into “retirement”.

Recently a lot of people have lost their jobs because the factories have closed down and no one wants to risk their credits at this moment, especially on the young and inexperienced. This means that priv-loans are nearly non-existent.  The gov is not issuing loans at this time, no credit surplus. So yes, sadly, even many young people have gone into early “retirement”.  But we don’t have those horrible social blights of the past … homelessness and welfare!

To check up on how many credits you have, you just go on-line.  When you go shopping there is a code reader in every shop so you can pay from your account.  Of course, you can also buy stuff on-line using your Social Security chip.

We live in great prosperity thanks to our free enterprise society.  Everyone is born equal.  No one is a parasite on the community!

Oh!

There must be a mistake!  My account just went into the red.  My account’s been hacked!

OH GOD NO ………….

5 thoughts on “Sahm’s Prompt: November 27, 2013 – The Chip

  1. You know, I read this a couple of days ago and didn’t even realize I didn’t “like” it.

    Firstly, I like the take. It’s scary. It’s intriguing. It’s… Disturbing on plenty of levels. There were scenarios playing in my head with respect to how to circumvent this system you’ve contrived. Honestly, a part of me would like to see it happen.

    I’m not crazy.

    Great offering Bastet. 🙂

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    • It makes me shiver to think of personally. Don’t know where I got this particular bit of gothic science fiction, but with the idea of making “everyone equal” you could convince a lot of people that it is a good thing. I remembr back when I was 17 reading Huxley for the first time…seemed a cool system – soma and uncomplicated sex 😉

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