Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Short Story – Memorandum left by Dr Thompson by Robbie Cheadle

Welcome to the series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

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Today we have the second post from Robbie Cheadle who has two blogs that I can select from.  I have picked another post this week from and it is a short story in response to one of Sue Vincent’s Photo Prompt Challenges

Memorandum left by Dr Thompson by Robbie Cheadle.

I write this and leave it where it can be eventually found so that future generations may understand my part in the undoing of the world as we knew it.

I know that I am dying. The symptoms of my radiation poisoning have become more acute despite the fact that I was not close to the centre of the nuclear explosion. My nausea and vomiting have weakened me so I barely have the strength to write. I must write though, even if I die by doing so. The future generations who manage to survive this disaster have a right to know what happened.

I knew when the integrated World Government decided to implement my fully fledged world-wide cyber-physical system known as Gemma, ten years ago, it would cause an increase in economic inequality in the world. Gemma had been carefully designed with intelligent mechanisms to improve the interaction between its computation and physical elements, thereby, increasing its adaptability, autonomy, efficiency, functionality, reliability, safety and usability.

The biggest potential issue we identified was that of increased unemployment in the world due to Gemma’s ability to automate tasks in service industries.

“People will no longer be required in call centres or retail and administrative roles,” I told them. “Goods and services will be sourced and supplied by globally connected digital platforms. Many other physical and routine task based jobs will also be destroyed by the introduction of the many robots and robotic systems that will link to Gemma. Fewer jobs will be created in a world controlled by Gemma, and those that are created will require higher levels of education and specialised study than the millions of jobs that will disappear.”

The World Government had to make a decision about whether to implement Gemma, and risk the potential increase in social unrest due to high levels of unemployment, or not. I provided the decision makers with all of my team’s data and the results of our analysis of the potential impact of the system on jobs throughout the world, developed and undeveloped. My team was made up of engineers and scientists; we did not have a single psychologist on our payroll.

The majority of the members of parliament believed that the resultant social unrest could be controlled. “We’ll introduce a world-wide system of unemployment benefits for unemployed people. We can also provide them with public or social housing. The benefits and social houses can be funded by an additional government tariff levied on the digital platforms.”

Most of the participants in the meeting had a vested interest in the digital platforms. They stood to gain substantial wealth from the implementation of Gemma. As a group, they decided to go ahead with the introduction of the system.

“The majority of people will be happy to live on benefits and have a free house,” one MP argued. “We can also introduce free entertainment in the form of television and repetitive computer games that do not involve strategy or encourage the development of complex problem solving skills and lateral thinking skills. We’ll keep them dumbed down and they won’t even realise it.”

World Government could not have been more wrong. This proved to be the worst decision ever made in the history of mankind.

©Robbie Cheadle 2019

Something to think about….. thanks Robbie.

This post was written for Sue Vincent’s weekly photo challenge Decisions.

A selection of books by Robbie Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for While the Bombs Fell

May 02, 2019 Jacquie rated it Five Stars

The story of life behind war zones.

Elsie is born in England during a tumultuous period in history- WWII. Her family must learn to live on rations, restricted power, blackout posters, and food stamps while still providing milk to the nearby village.

Elsie understands the threat of war. The fear of German bombers is a backdrop to an everyday life without extras, but the family still manages to enjoy simple pleasures such as summer swims, afternoon tea, and on special occasions small gifts and treats.

I found it fascinating to read the lives of those not directly involved in the war effort. The average citizens just trying to survive what must have been a frightening time. While Elsie is young, she still grasps the stress her parents are under to provide a safe, warm home for their family.

Standout lines:

Britain had been at war with Nazi Germany since 1 September 1939, and the little girl could not remember a time when the distribution of food, coal, and clothing had not been controlled. She listened for the sound of bomber planes and air raid sirens without even realising it and even possessed her own gas mask.

While the Bombs Fell- Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton
The air raid shelter smelled damp and musty, and the dark felt as thick as velvet curtains before Father lit the paraffin lamp.

While the Bombs Fell- Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton
This is an enlightening read about village life in wartorn times.

I give While the Bombs Fell 5 lovely Kisses!

Read all the reviews and buy the books:

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About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life. At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6P.M. in the evening in order to get a good night’s sleep but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.

I have read a large number of classics, in particular, I enjoy Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and the works of the Bronte sisters.

I am hugely interested in the history of the United Kingdom as well as the mythology and tales of the paranormal that are abundant on this intriguing European island.

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Thanks to Robbie for allowing me to browse through her archives to select some posts to share with you..

21 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Short Story – Memorandum left by Dr Thompson by Robbie Cheadle

  1. Thanks for the excellent, mind-searching, article, Robbie And to Sally.
    I wonder did the inventors of the flame thrower and the automatic rifle ever have a problem with their consciences. Let alone the atomic bomb?! The road to progress or annihilation?’. xx

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    • I often think, Joy, that a lot of what you achieve in life and how your feel about your achievements or non-achievements, revolve around how you channel your energy. I am sure that people who channel their energy into negative things like creating bombs don’t die happy people. I also recall that the one of the pilots that dropped the bombs in Japan committed suicide.

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  2. Powerful and poignant post from Robbie. A good warning for what is currently going on in the world. Just today I read that Amazon will soon use no packers for their goods, going fully automated. This is just bad for everyone! Thank you Robbie for putting this out there. ❤ xx

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