A selection of micro speculations No. 4

What if… I’m not paranoid. Really. It’s there again. Just at the edge. Liminal. Following.  It knows where I’m gong to be. It waits. Hovering. I’m hunted. Personally targeted. I don’t want to buy any…  #speculativefiction


June 01, 2021 at 09:20AM

What if… I’m fluent in over 6m forms of communication. I don’t judge. Human, non-human, unhuman. I can read them all. Translate. I’m fluent in over 6m cultures, patterns and practices. I can knock on any door and talk for you. #speculativefiction  https://t.co/NqeGnzjatB

— paul caplan (@Internationale) June 1, 2021

June 01, 2021 at 11:34AM

What if… It just used to nag me to go faster; shocked me when I should turn; tightened if i took a break. I knew how it would treat me. Now it’s gone all hippie on me. It still shocks me, but only if my breathing doesn’t slow enough. #speculativefiction  https://t.co/jyLpcy5qOb

— paul caplan (@Internationale) June 1, 2021

June 01, 2021 at 03:24PM

What if… It was right for schools. Crime stats looked acceptable and the long term equity growth showed promise. This could be our neighbourhood. Community sites: sharing, helping. But wait… the network?! Oh well, carry on looking.  https://t.co/hR2dZ6Sktc #speculativefiction

— paul caplan (@Internationale) June 2, 2021

June 02, 2021 at 10:41AM

What if… I wasn’t even hungry. It’s not detour insofar as the dash says this is the quickest route but… I don’t wanna eat! It was bad enough last night when I was late home because I ended up at a drive-in movie. #speculativefiction  https://t.co/axZ9QwQki2

— paul caplan (@Internationale) June 2, 2021

June 02, 2021 at 11:36AM

What if… We’ve driven many miles together. Across country. Hour after hour. We’ve seen stuff. Shared journeys, experiences. More than co-drivers, I guess we’re partners. Send odd we’ve never talked… Lost in our own thoughts. #speculativefiction  https://t.co/rWOgdsaqoy

— paul caplan (@Internationale) June 3, 2021

June 03, 2021 at 12:26PM

What if… It hadn’t gone well. Actually it had been a disaster. I can’t blame the system. We’d had enough practice meetings in there. It was just a meeting you ant to forget. I logged in again for the debrief. The space changed. #speculativefiction  https://t.co/386jIPHM1l

— paul caplan (@Internationale) June 3, 2021

June 03, 2021 at 03:21PM

What if… Sorry. I can’t help noticing, you’ve been staring in the same direction for some time. Your eyers need exercise too. May I suggest you look left. You’ll see we’ve put a message. Give your eyes a break and try and read it. #speculativefiction  https://t.co/8Aukv85VKd

— paul caplan (@Internationale) June 4, 2021

June 04, 2021 at 09:42AM

What if… We have to keep our blazer on, even in summer. The school badge on the breast pocket glows if I’m working. The colour of the sun outside. It flows a different colour weekend we pass that sensor on the teacher’s desk. #speculativefiction https://t.co/cmyfmo37lm

— paul caplan (@Internationale) Jun 5, 2021

June 05, 2021 at 08:44AM

What if… It’s not hard work. Walking the streets gives me lots of time to think. I used to solve chess problems, occasionally make up poems. But the company cottoned on to this wasted capacity and has now got me mining bitcoin.#speculativefiction https://t.co/LlivZDhGqQ

— paul caplan (@Internationale) Jun 7, 2021

June 07, 2021 at 01:29PM

What if… Some say I steal, pilfer. I say I collect, hoard. I travel, “surf“ they used to call it. Objets trouvé. My data trail alongside theirs. Remixed by my rules. I may not be human but I can still be a flaneur. #speculativefiction #everydayremix https://t.co/l5vbz9hc7Q

— paul caplan (@Internationale) Jun 8, 2021

June 08, 2021 at 12:26PM

What if.. #speculativefiction The officer’s riot gear was set to cool. Summer in the city. Tensions matched the temperature. The visor flashed the data from round the corner. He unclipped. https://t.co/C3Amm1QK59

— paul caplan (@Internationale) Jun 9, 2021

June 09, 2021 at 07:44AM

What if… Today’s shift is brought to you by the letter S and the number zero. S is for safety and zero is the number of accidents we’re going for. Now, all together: ‘Lots of stuff’.#speculativefiction https://t.co/YBjY2rzPRk https://t.co/mw7Zp50FZz

— paul caplan (@Internationale) Jun 14, 2021

June 14, 2021 at 06:57PM

What if… Since festivals came back, it’s been a good job. I get to hear the acts, full access. Paid mingling. Close to the beautiful people and all I have to do is murmur sweet branded nothings.. #speculativefiction https://t.co/LPHARbeAKD

— paul caplan (@Internationale) Jun 17, 2021

June 17, 2021 at 12:10PM

What if… They were polite. Too British. If the questions had been numeric, they’d all have been 5s. A waste of time. She sighed, switched on the FocusGroupreader (™) and watched the research come in. #speculativefiction https://t.co/NmU2vm2Tly 

— paul caplan (@Internationale) Jul 15, 2021

July 22, 2021 at 05:38PM

What if… She’d grown up tagged. Her parents had explained why. They needn’t have bothered. All her friends were tagged. No biggie. She swiped the dating app. Another one who said #notags. Why? What had they got to hide? #speculativefiction https://t.co/qgjDm25hWA

— paul caplan (@Internationale) Jul 23, 2021

July 23, 2021 at 11:53AM

What if… another ping. It wasn’t his fault. He’d tried to avoid contact with them. The app was too damn sensitive. No way had she got an idea whatever her wearable said. And even if she had, why did he have to isolate and consider it. #speculativefiction https://t.co/rZqe9Lew1y

— paul caplan (@Internationale) Jul 23, 2021

July 23, 2021 at 12:27PM