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"Did you remember to refill your prescription for blood pressure medicie, Mr. Joe Wanna Know?"

My name is Mr. Joe Wanna Know, and I live in your future. The year is approx. 2019 and there are a number of things that are different about the times I am living in than the times you are living in for example ...

I go to the store and a man with a scanner probes me for my RFID chip that is embedded in my forearm near my right wrist. A print out of coupons for available products that I normally purchase, including medicine that is over the counter and reminders to refill my medicine prescriptions at the pharmacy, is made just for me.

I thank Jerry, the man who scans me and pick a cart out to my liking. One that has a bar code scanner attached to it and a 2 way communicator. You can page a courtesy clerk any time you need assistance or talk to them over the digital system.

Once you have picked out your items you either are allowed or disallowed certain items. For instance, if you have hypertension you are not allowed to purchase certain items in large quantities or at all. You might try to take a candy bar and stick it in your shirt pocket but that won't work well. You will be stopped at the register because there is an Radio Frequency Identity tag on all items that have restrictions that can be easily put in pockets. This prevents theft and helps keep you off sugar and other substances that are bad for your health.

In other words in my time period Big brother is keeping a watch on me.

If you think that is a pain in the you know what, then just follow me out to the parking lot where I park my cart beside my car in it's own special parking spot and then once I punch in my pin the car door unlocks for me. I then have to breath into the breath detector device. If I have not consumed any alcohol or sugary drinks the car starts when I press a button.

I drive down the road, hands free at the exact speed the speed limit is set to and the car parks itself and the motor turns itself off and the door unlocks. Once I get out I walk up the steps to my house. The mail box is lit up and a message on it reads, "You have mail." I enter the security code and it unlocks. I have some coupons from Kroger for half off of sugar free and caffeine free drinks and 25 percent off my next purchase of blood pressure pills. I remove my coupons and letters and close the mailbox then pressing in my code unlock the front door which enters into a small room before entering the house. In this room I remove my shoes and hat and coat before walking into the house. Once inside I figure why not just make some soup and watch the news?

The television automatically comes on 5 minutes before the hour and is preset to the CBS 11 channel news report. The refrigerator indicates I have 3 items that need removal that are past their freshness dates.

The answering machine indicates I have 2 un-played messages.

I press play from my remote control on my wrist watch and it plays the messages. "Message One, Hi Joe, I wanted to call to remind you of an appointment at the clinic for internal medicine clinic at 8:30 AM Monday." beep, "Hi Joe, due to the weather your appointment has been rescheduled for March 17th at 10:30 AM." click.

Joe heats up his tomato soup and has a peanut butter sandwich and a half glass of 2 percent milk and watches the news. This is just an example of life in the year 2019.


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Comments

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 10, 2015, 12:33 PM

Glad you did not put it very far out in time as I think all of that is getting very close to becoming true. But I will find a way to have my sugar no matter what!!

VinceSummers wrote on February 11, 2015, 9:12 AM

Oh, let's hope not! While I appreciate technology, it is important it be put in its place.

MarshaMusselman wrote on February 11, 2015, 2:24 PM

Actually, even though I don't like the idea of 'big brother' making decisions for me, for me to have to pay for the illnesses that those not managing their weight and health get, doesn't turn me on either.

Maybe you and I should collaborate on a novel set into the future. I've started one where sugar is only available on the black market and most people are healthy until a future when everything falls apart due to sugar overdoses and things like that.

BeckyWiegers wrote on February 13, 2015, 8:06 PM

That's some scary stuff, right there. Can you imagine a hacker shutting off your car while you're tooling down the highway?