Can technology set old people free

Small story experiment


An old man sits in his apartment in his bathing shorts , he looks out of the window, out over the sea, watching the waves

Thinking about his kids, he is wondering how they are doing… (Social media apps like Tumblr, Imgur, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ , Instagram or Linkedin know, depending on his kids age and lifestyle)

Taking a sip of his tea, he wonders where in the world they might all be now… if they are near or far away ( he can check out a livestream of their exact GPS position on apps like “find my Friends”)

What he really hopes is that they are doing all-right… ( he can check out their stream of latest mood-emoticons on the different mood tracking apps they use )

Out of the corner of his eye he think he see his cat walk across the lawn and wonder if he remembered to give it food ( there is an app for that)  He walks over and opens the cupboard and realize he is almost out of food for it… he have to buy a new cat food package (there is an app for that)  But will the food get there in time ( there is an app for tracing the delivery )

He looks out of the window again, but can’t see the cat anymore, maybe it went into the high grass… (There are an GPS geo-fence app and sensors that can check that)

He look at the grass, he should have moved the lawn a week ago… (Yes there is an app… he can either remote control or just activate his automatic, self-driving intelligent Bluetooth lawn mower from its app on his smartphone)

He shake his head and finish his tea instead, picks up his towel and the new waterproof smartphone his daughter just sent  him and walks unknowingly out through the geo-fence and down towards the ocean while the phone turns on the camera by itself and his kids gets an automatic update by their apps: “Granddad’s gone surfing again…”

Strange world

About Frits Ahlefeldt

Painting watercolors, researching, writing & sketching up thoughts, understandings and ideas for a sustainable future, connecting thrive, trails, places and technology


illustrations, Technology


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