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« on: August 26, 2018, 06:54:59 PM »

Escape Pod 642: Oracle

AUTHOR : Dominica Phetteplace
NARRATOR : Veronica Giguere
HOST: Tina Connolly


The two biggest applications for predictive software are killing people and selling things. Rita was quite successful at the latter. She founded a nail-polish-of-the-month club that used an online personality quiz to determine customer preferences. Bold cremes for basics, chunky glitters for the outrageous, and dark, sparkly metallics for edgy, forward-thinking geniuses like Rita.  Sales skyrocketed.

She used her money to start other subscription services: whisky-of-the-month, miniskirt-of-the-month.  What had started out as an online quiz morphed into something larger and more complex: a search engine that searched the customer.  It had tapped into a pent-up demand. People loved acquiring material goods but they hated making decisions.  Rita wasn’t just selling nail polish or whisky or miniskirts, she was selling freedom from choice.

Listen to this week’s Escape Pod!
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2018, 12:16:54 PM »

I love this one!  It was great from the very first line, and I just think Dominica did an excellent job of capturing that internal conundrum of wanting to be a good person, and making the world a better place.. but also wanting to have all the things and be fabulous :-)

As a computer programmer, I also appreciated the very real representation of the nature of the business whereby what you create is seldom used in the way you envisioned it, and the frustration that comes with that.
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2018, 02:55:31 PM »

Great story! I've tentatively added it to my list of teaching material (see a 2014 thread somewhere else on this site).

The Trump references might not age that well, but it sure was quite funny in 2018.
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