Monday, September 19, 2016

Microstory 411: Floor 32 (Part 1)

Honestly, I checked out of this job months ago. Technically my disassociation with the company started from the very beginning, but it’s only been recently that I truly stopped caring. The thing is that I don’t have to care anymore. While I was still in college, I started working on software designed to revolutionize the finance and accounting industries. My goal was to attain full automation so that companies would be able to trim the fat from their workforce, cut costs, and become more efficient. Theoretically, my artificial intelligence concepts could be used in a variety of fields, but accounting is my specialty, so I used that as my focus. Obviously I knew the whole time that such software would put my job at risk, but I was comforted by the idea that, as the creator of this new technology, I would be fine. In fact, I figured I would be able to become a millionaire. But things started to change over the years. Firstly, I’ve developed a far more minimalist attitude towards life. I love to travel, but that’s really about all I need to spend money on. I only do as much as necessary to survive, I don’t care about luxury, and I don’t even watch television. By the time my software was completed, I simply did not have any interest in having millions of dollars. I’m quite happy where I am in life, and I see no reason to change my position. However, I did manage to find a silver-lining to all of the extra hours I spent perfecting my side project. Now I don’t have to actually do any work to complete my job. The best part of it, since I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing, I still get paid as if I am the one doing it. I sit in my corner, watching streaming sports, or reading the news while my program works in the background. I even offer to do other people’s work for them, and they fall for it. It’s a win-win situation, because they get more free time too, but also carry the satisfaction of pulling one over on me. At least all this was how I thought things were going. I’ve just discovered a bug in my software that might have had grave consequences for the entire organization. It seems to have made minor errors in the results that added up over time, and I think these may have had something to do with Analion’s current problems. Whoever just jumped down the atrium might have had the right idea. I’m in big trouble.

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