One of the things being referenced in this cover is the infamous Blue Screen of Death. This is bound to be familiar to many computer users and is usually accompanied by a scream of anguish! These days, computers don’t tend to crash as often as they used to, but it remains the universal sign that everything has gone catastrophically wrong.
In the world of the Auto Series, technology has become far more stable and ever-present. People especially rely on their autos to manage their lives. There are a thousand things your auto takes care of without needing your input. And that’s what everyone wants – to not have to think about it.
Autos are now so interwoven into everyday life that not having an auto marks you out as a ‘nonline’. These are people who cannot access the internet – since it is illegal to be online without an auto to verify your identity. Nonlines are viewed with suspicion, since how can you trust someone if you can’t see their profile or view their timeline?
It’s everyone’s greatest fear that their auto will crash and turn them into nonlines, cutting off their connection to the digital world. This is a Blue Screen of Death that can literally bring lives to an end…
Auto 2 continues the Auto Series which looks at how digital technology and social media will evolve in the near future. Find out more about the Auto Series.
Auto is available in multiple eBook formats and Auto 2 will be published later in 2015.