Know a short story where service-worker drones started being managed by constant messages in their earpieces?
May 29, 2007 3:37 PM Subscribe
Looking for a short story I read online, where technological advances eliminate middle management and then junior employees, with a fast food restaurant used as an example...
posted by so_necessary to writing & language (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I read this story online maybe a couple of years back. A system is invented that essentially orders around junior employees via earpieces by providing very precise instructions. (Now, sweep the floor. Done? Now, wash your hands. Done? Now...) This essentially replaces middle management, especially when they upgrade the system so it can also track performance, share performance with the systems of other employers, and so on.
Eventually this leads to a massively chaotic society where really only company owners have any assets, and millions of unemployed are shifted to special camps to keep them under control. However, at this point in the story some contrivance (possibly involving uploading to a 'virtual world', but maybe not) leads to things ending up happily ever after. It may instead have been an illustration of a different society where the technology had been used for the common good and the benefits shared equally among everyone. In this better society, everyone spent all day having fun, being creative, and stuff like that.
Essentially though, I'm looking for the first bit. The technology itself was explained in the context of a fast food restaurant, I believe. Orders came to you via earpiece.
Ring any bells? Let me know! Thanks.