This is a cautionary tale about relying on technology to replace human relationships.
Technology plays an important role in the lives of the Hadley family. They have a Happylife Home, which does pretty much does everything for you.
They walked down the hall of their soundproofed Happylife Home, which had cost them thirty thousand dollars installed, this house which clothed and fed and rocked them to sleep and played and sang and was good to them.
It’s a little creepy, but the strangest part is the nursery. The nursery can read a child’s thoughts and turn them into a sort of virtual reality on the walls. It’s also huge, “forty feet across by forty feet long and thirty feet high” and extremely expensive, costing “half again as much as the rest of the house.” Yikes!
Overindulgent parents are not quite the problem here. Mr. Hadley never quite seems comfortable with the nursery, despite the fact that he says that nothing is...
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