The Machine Stops
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans live beneath the surface of the earth, this short story explores the human need for communication, connection and the obstacles that inhibit it, namely technology. In this subterranean world, each person exists within their own individual cell and humanity is dependent on the Machine, a technological provider of everybody’s perceived needs. Travel is no longer necessary or desired and all contact is made through Skype-like video calls.
One of the protagonists, Kuno, alone questions their now total dependency on technology to live and communicate with each other, but in his struggle to break out can he reach the Earth’s surface before the Machine stops?