The Death of Bees

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I remember The Time Before. The time before The Changes, before the bees died all over the world. Suddenly. All wiped out. It was that one dreadful year when things started to break down. Lots of things happened, but it was all about the bees.

We knew they were important.
We knew they were vital.
We knew they were vital for life.

Everyone had predicted it would be a catastrophe; but it turned out there was hope. There was a work-around; people with technology, scientists, biologists, cyberneticists. They had a plan.

They brought out the drones. Not the only-good-for-one-thing males of the bee species. No, these were machines.

But we didn’t realise that these tiny robots were more than just little automated pollinators.

Did you know about the waggle dance? The one a bee did to tell other bees where to find the good stuff. No? Well it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that the new drones, the cute little bee drones, have eyes everywhere. They’re watching us. So you’d better toe the line.

They don’t do a dance, but they do tell their masters.
They watch; their masters observe.
Their masters control. Your life.

Everyone had predicted it would be a catastrophe, and it was. But not in the way people had thought. And now nothing is like it was in The Time Before.

©2018 Chris Hall

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/09/robotic-bees-could-pollinate-plants-in-case-of-insect-apocalypse?CMP=fb_gu

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