Jane Jago’s Drabbles – Four Hundred and Eighty-One

They said it would tell the computer if you were happy, and that wearing it wasn’t compulsory.

Milo laughed hollowly at the glibness of the lies, but he wore the thing home so the algorithm could ‘adjust itself to his biorhythms’. 

The bosses never bothered themselves about the lives of the workers – or they might have known about Milo’s brother Keaton. Who had the wristband stripped down and rechipped inside an hour.

Milo became a much happier employee when the algorithm marked him out for fast track promotion to managerial status – from which position he immediately scrapped the wristband program.

©️jj 2021

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