Have you realised yet that computers are controlling more and more
aspects of our lives? It is a genuine concern as this short story tells us.
For instance, if you've worked in a modern office building, you've
probably come across the ventilation problem: if you get hot, you can't just
open the window. You usually have to ask 'building services', often in a
call centre on the other side of the world, to turn up the air conditioning
via the building's computer system.
However, there is a company in New Zealand Will and Guy have been told
who might be rethinking their reliance on this type of computer control.
Mill St 'Pak'n Save Supermarket' in Hamilton, New Zealand was supposed to
be closed for Good Friday.
However, it seems that no one told the Computer in charge of controlling
the shop, meaning that the doors were opened as normal on Friday morning and
the lights turned on, but without any staff being at work.
Naturally the stock didn't stay on the shelves for long; but most of the
"customers" didn't go to the trouble of paying for it, although some did,
using the automated checkouts.
Will and Guy are beginning to think that maybe it's time to rethink how
much power we give to our Computers.