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Rating 4 of five, rounded down a half star for a few head scratchers in the storyAvailable as a free download on The Internet Archive.A wonderful indictment of mindless end stage capitalism, this The autofacs are destroying the Earth because they re programmed to produce goods for humans while the humans are busy destroying each other, and the autofacs aren t programmed to stop producing until ordinary human led production is up to capacity to replace their output.But there aren t enough peop Rating 4 of five, rounded down a half star for a few head scratchers in the storyAvailable as a free download on The Internet Archive.A wonderful indictment of mindless end stage capitalism, this The autofacs are destroying the Earth because they re programmed to produce goods for humans while the humans are busy destroying each other, and the autofacs aren t programmed to stop producing until ordinary human led production is up to capacity to replace their output.But there aren t enough people left after the war to produce goods So the autofacs keep producing And they ve ravaged the planet, extracted all the resources, and are on the brink of a crisis.Enter some human chauvinist survivors, people living on the autofacs deliveries but longing to remake their own means of production How First, stop the autofacs from tunneling the Earth into a honeycomb as the automated resource locators locateresources to make into things They figure out how to do this by making the machines that control everything stop to figure out what the word pizzled means Machine language skills are dependent upon examples and usages to interpret human wishes, so pizzled a word invented on the spot is guaranteed to stop the low level machines in their tracks and get the problem of figuring out what s wrong to the higher ups.Bureaucracy hierarchy is eternal and not species dependent.This plot succeeds and, using the information they extrapolate from this success, the human chauvinists figure out a way to Stop The Autofacs And it WORKS But the basic question they ve failed to devise an answer for is, Now what I liked the story, and have spent this much time and effort creating a book report on it, because like most of PKD s work it leaves the reader withquestions than answers That s why I started reading his stuff long ago, and why I was willing to take up with his ouevre after a decades long hiatusis using some of its ungodly billions to autofacI mean createscreen based entertainments rooted in PKD s storytelling Two of PKD s daughters are exec producing a show called Philip K Dick s Electric Dreams, and this story is an episode of that series.The episode refocuses the stakes of the story in a major, major way that I can t discuss without spoilers The episode also modernizes the manner in which Autofac, transmogrified from a descrptive term for a technological artifact into a corporate name, is hacked and what the consequences of the Big Reveal are constitute the major reorientation of the concerns of society Consumption is still the problem, though the reasons it s a problem have shifted For that reason, I d give the episode an extra half star over the source material.I d buttress that half star addition with a major change that I like a lot A woman is the center of the episode s story, and for a very significant reason Contrast this with the role of the only woman in PKD s story, wife of one of the human chauvinists, who serves coffee and asks Mary Sue questions, which are answered condescendingly by any male around In one of the story s illustrations in Galaxy Magazine s November 1955 edition, in fact, the woman is depicted lying in the dirt between two men, watching something unfold beneath them, IN A SKIRT that s modestly covering her knees.Ha Ha ha Clearly the artist has never worn a skirt How the hell would she have gotten down on her belly in the dirt bound up by one of those things Andto the point, how the hell would she get back up And WHY would she wear one of those impractical items in a post apocalyptic world when trousers are vastlypractical Also agreeably different in the filmed version is the inclusion of sex As in, the female lead gets some sex and the focus is on the attractive man sexing her up to her liking In a radical departure from previous norms, the attractive young man stays naked after the sex scene, is lingered over by the camera, and is emotionally needy of the woman s love and approval in the afterglow He even says The Big Three to her First I love this It s about goddamned time If for no other reason that it points up in a quiet, even positive, way the conventional tropes and their ubiquity without nastiness or negativity Well done, producers and writers, well played, actors, and say Hallelujah, consumers We re finally, in small first steps ways, seeing the positive effects of the unleashed anger of a generation of mad as hell women Don t take it any, keep reframing the conversation, and leavequestions than answers Growth will happen (((E-PUB))) ⇻ Autofac ☞ It is set some years after an apocalyptic world war has devastated Earth s civilizations, leaving only a network of hardened robot autofacs in operation to supply goods to the human survivors Once humanity has recovered enough to want to begin reconstruction, the autofacs are immediately targeted for shutdown since they monopolize the planet s resources, but the ability to control them was lost in the war This leaves the future of humanity, and the planet, in uncertainty as the autofacs consume every resource they can attain to produce what they perceive as needed The story involves the human survivors as they try to steal the supplies they need and search for a way to take the power of production back into their own hands The 1955 Philip K Dick short story which the Electric Dreams episode Autofac, starring Juno Temple, was based upon.In a post apocalyptic world automated factories have taken over production of all goods, which they deliver automatically to the surviving humans.The survivors want to take over production themselves again, as they get delivered goods they don t deem necessary and also resources are running low as the factories just keep producing and producing and producing.They try to get in cont The 1955 Philip K Dick short story which the Electric Dreams episode Autofac, starring Juno Temple, was based upon.In a post apocalyptic world automated factories have taken over production of all goods, which they deliver automatically to the surviving humans.The survivors want to take over production themselves again, as they get delivered goods they don t deem necessary and also resources are running low as the factories just keep producing and producing and producing.They try to get in contact with the autofac by filing a complaint about a delivery of milk The autofac delivery bot wants them to fill out a form But instead of choosing one of the default answers they tell it the milk had been pizzled Which puzzles the autofac bot.The autofac sends a unit to discuss the matter of the pizzled milk And the humans try to convince it that autofacs aren t necessary any and they can produce all goods themselves But the autofac bot outsmarts them and so they proceed withdrastic measures to stop the automated production.This story can be read as a parable on consumerism and unnecessary, if not to say outright stupid, bureaucracy Though PKD leaves it mostly to the reader to decide what s the actual point of the story.Unfortunately the characters are very flat, there isn t much atmosphere and the autofac units seem a little dated by now Though one has to consider this was written 64 years ago.I have to say I didn t enjoy this story much and think the, unsurprisingly,modern Electric Dreams episode works a lot better The two stories differ in many aspects, but especially in how they end I loved the twist at the end of the TV episode, while I think the ending of the short story wasn t bad.Overall, in my opinion, not one of his better works.The PKD short story 1.5 5The Electric Dreams episode 7 10 A good dystopian after the tech story of a group of survivors who just want to work the land and forget the past, but are dogged by automatic factories that are continuously ruining the land because it thinks the humans need their products.Pretty similar in taste to his others and the themes are nice to explore The characters were completely flat, which in short stories is pretty much standard, and the atmosphere was never truly built I didn t feel the dystopian or ravaged land, it just sort A good dystopian after the tech story of a group of survivors who just want to work the land and forget the past, but are dogged by automatic factories that are continuously ruining the land because it thinks the humans need their products.Pretty similar in taste to his others and the themes are nice to explore The characters were completely flat, which in short stories is pretty much standard, and the atmosphere was never truly built I didn t feel the dystopian or ravaged land, it just sort of thudded in to you on occasion.The enjoyment flows from the devastating effects of tech, especially auto tech and how their help is often incredibly limited It s a nice little parable and, of course, was written well, but was lacking in depth which short stories often do.One can imagine all these PKD short stories being rifled through, just waiting for that spark to ignite a full, complete story post apocalyptic Earth with automated factories running out of control I wish if my distaste of the story was because of the dated technology, which have definitely contributed to making it less gripping The truck antennas going up and down whenever it s communicating with the factory, felt rather cartoonish to say the least I don t think there is a story to be enjoyed without identifiable characters Written names on paper with actions and reactions won t be enough for the reader to feel the human presence of a character Unfortunately in this case, the three pr I wish if my distaste of the story was because of the dated technology, which have definitely contributed to making it less gripping The truck antennas going up and down whenever it s communicating with the factory, felt rather cartoonish to say the least I don t think there is a story to be enjoyed without identifiable characters Written names on paper with actions and reactions won t be enough for the reader to feel the human presence of a character Unfortunately in this case, the three protagonists flow was as automated as the Autofacs Yet I won t deny that Autofac left me thinking for quite some time, going back and forth into the idea of creating a very powerful yet containable controllable AI How ridiculous it is to think that the exponential technological advancement would simply allow us to create such a divine pet without the major risk of losing the upper hand Giving robots our purpose will always lead to our demise, simply because you can t give what you don t have The Autofacs in the story are driven by their purpose to produce, while maintaining the human existence by providing the requirements for minimum living survival Assuming there are infinite resources, the machines will never stop processing and producing because of that embedded purpose, all its artificial intelligence and fantastic power will be used to serve the purpose of fulfilling an infinite need for In a world where consumerism is driven by autofacs automated factories , life gets tough when you no longer wish to receive the endless stream of products they produce However, convincing them of that fact proves tough, since they perhaps in the necessity of concocting a reason for their existence believe if such a term can be ascribed to non sentient objects humans are in need of their goods.But the humans find a way In a world of dwindling resources, even autofacs are willing to go to In a world where consumerism is driven by autofacs automated factories , life gets tough when you no longer wish to receive the endless stream of products they produce However, convincing them of that fact proves tough, since they perhaps in the necessity of concocting a reason for their existence believe if such a term can be ascribed to non sentient objects humans are in need of their goods.But the humans find a way In a world of dwindling resources, even autofacs are willing to go to war over a pile of tungsten.I read this story after watching the Electric Dreams screen adaptation Although the two are significantly different, the screen adaptation definitely has echoes and perhaps a bitof the original story But the main difference is in the endings And in that the story surprised me And gave me something to smile at if wryly I love stories with a sting in the tail, and this one certainly has one Excellent stuff Self replicating machines that simply will not stop Great story Could have been a full novel Autofac 1955 Initiating a fight against the computer factory But when they think they have won the war they discover that the factory preserves itself and it s species by spawning their metallic seed further into the universe Brilliant story Self replicating machines It is set some years after an apocalyptic world war has devastated Earth s civilizations, leaving only a network of hardened robot autofacs in operation to supply goods to the human survivors Once humanity has recove Autofac 1955 Initiating a fight against the computer factory But when they think they have won the war they discover that the factory preserves itself and it s species by spawning their metallic seed further into the universe Brilliant story Self replicating machines It is set some years after an apocalyptic world war has devastated Earth s civilizations, leaving only a network of hardened robot autofacs in operation to supply goods to the human survivors Once humanity has recovered enough to want to begin reconstruction, the autofacs are immediately targeted for shutdown since they monopolize the planet s resources, but the ability to control them was lost in the war This leaves the future of humanity, and the planet, in uncertainty as the autofacs consume every resource they can attain to produce what they perceive as needed The story involves the human survivors as they try to steal the supplies they need and search for a way to take the power of production back into their own handsOpening line Tension hung over the three waiting men They smoked, paced back and forth, kicked aimlessly at weeds growing by the side of the road A hot noonday sun glared down on brown fields, rows of neat plastic houses, the distant line of mountains to the west Almost time, Earl Ferine said, knotting his skinny hands together It varies according to the load, a half second for every additional pound Communication, Morrison agreed in his deep, chesty voice Yes, we can t get in touch with the damn thing It comes, leaves off its load and goes on there s no contact between us and it It s a machine, Ferine said excitedly It s dead blind and deaf But it s in contact with the outside world, O Neill pointed out There has to be some way to get to it Specific semantic signals are meaningful to it all we have to do is find those signals Rediscover, actually Maybe half a dozen out of a billion possibilities In the dull shadows, the figure looked almost human For a brief moment, O Neill thought it was a settlement latecomer Then, as it moved forward, he realized that it was only quasi human a functional upright biped chassis, with data receptors mounted at the top, effectors and proprioceptors mounted in a downward worm that ended in floor grippers Its resemblance to a human being was testimony to nature s efficiency no sentimental imitation was intended.The factory representative had arrived Close The bits were in motion Microscopic machinery, smaller than ants, smaller than pins, working energetically, purposefully constructing something that looked like a tiny rectangle of steel They re building, O Neill said, awed He got up and prowled on Off to the side, at the far edge of the gully, he came across a downed pellet far advanced on its construction Apparently it had been released some time ago.This one had made great enough progress to be identified Minute as it was, the structure was familiar The machinery was building a miniature replica of the demolished factory Well, O Neill said thoughtfully, we re back where we started from For better or worse I don t know I guess they must be all over Earth by now, Morrison said, landing everywhere and going to work A thought struck O Neill Maybe some of them are geared to escape velocity That would be neat autofac networks throughout the whole universe Behind him, the nozzle continued to spurt out its torrent of metal seeds There are three books that everyone on the planet should read in 2020, in my humble opinion during what appears to be the most dreadful viral pandemic in 100 or so years.The first is of course The Plauge by Albert Camus The Second is We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, written in 1920, 100 years ago, The orginal dystopia, Owell, Huxley and all writers of dystopia including Phillip all the way to attwood, owe a great literary debt to Zamyatin.The third this Short Novel, WELL let s see as the richest lar There are three books that everyone on the planet should read in 2020, in my humble opinion during what appears to be the most dreadful viral pandemic in 100 or so years.The first is of course The Plauge by Albert Camus The Second is We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, written in 1920, 100 years ago, The orginal dystopia, Owell, Huxley and all writers of dystopia including Phillip all the way to attwood, owe a great literary debt to Zamyatin.The third this Short Novel, WELL let s see as the richest largest most expansive coorporation on the planet,probably contibutesto the destruction of thethan any other multinational entity ever will, during a clear climate emergency, Well what a postmodern irony of epic proportionsIn one of his drug fueled prophetic episodes, Mr P.K Dick wrote this startling novella.Let s imagine what will be left in 100 years from now, ifis left sole provider of all material aquisition I d say Philip s got far too close to a likely future than I feel comftable admiting, this pandemic dosn t scare me in the slightest,HOWEVER CERTAINLY DOES Bezos made 8 Billion since this Pandemic started This book shows where we ll perhaps end up, and I doubt we ll need the complexities of the AI robots to get there I d be keeping a very close eye on , and hey buy stuff second hand on ebay maybe Is it so hard to boycott a monster, applying the bare minimum of discernment That s for you to discern, I ve chosen the boycott route myself, but you re of course freeto make your own mind up on that, and excercise your liberty you must This is a book for now, read this way before you depress your self by watching the news, would be my advice, you ll still be utterly depressed, but maybe with the insight that It s not too late to change direction humanity.I ll finish the review of this most essential book with the words of Jello Biafra Give me convinience or give me death