Dystopian Storytelling with VR

Supergrid Database — Social Media,New Information Economy, Terroism and Fear

Xuan(Karen) Song
Jan 14, 2017 · 5 min read

Personal Data Privacy v.s. Access to Platforms

Synopsis

50 years ago, a talented programmer, John Carmack, accepted a mission and a code(101) from his boss (big brother). 50 years later, he found himself in a parallel world X with an important mission to complete. In the parallel world X, every movement citizens make, and every decision they take is closely monitored by the government who is paranoid about losing control of society. His mission is to discover the location of the database station and destory the system. Being aware of responsibility during the process, John Carmack ultimately aims to change the government and return freedom to the citizens.

Plot

Start

John Carmack received a mission 50 years ago: discover the location of the database station and destory the system in a parallel world X. Before his brother froze his memory, he give the code(101) to John.

Inciting Incident

Watch a propaganda video around pro-public data and aganist private data. Three administrators talk about the rules of society regarding residence, job, transportation, communication, and citizen identity.

First Try

A self-driving car picks hero up to tour around the new world. The receiver’s coordinator is the government station. In order to protect himself from being detected, he refuses to check into the internet or talk too much with the citizens.

Second Try

Carmack finds an antique store, which has the clues of the government station’s location. His brother’s video and Beatrice’s audio help him find the map, which can ultimately locate the database station.

Third Try

Carmack successfully locates the database station, but encounters a guard trying to interrupt him. There are blurred codes on the wall, but they look fake. He can not open the door.

Climax

He fights with guard and asks him how to open the door, the guard asks why he wishes to enter. He finds a pattern on the door which has the same shape as the supergrid tattoo on the guard’s arm. Carmack kills him, and scans the tattoo to enter the door.

Denouement

John ultimately enters the database station center and types the code(101) that his brother gave him 50 years ago. The database system explodes. Every citizen and his brother has been watching him, they start shouting and jumping for joy.

Full Story

The parallel world X is an overdeveloped space with skyscrapers, motorways, and other infrastructure. The citizens live in a high-tech world where the government provides marvelous services, transportation and internet to citizens. Self driving cars freely cross everywhere in the city. In order to exchange, a citizen needs to upload their personal data (personal habit) based on daily activities. Everyone’s daily transportation and communication data sync to a cloud every 10 seconds. The government controls the entire citizen’s private data in order to maintain their power and manipulate the order of society. There is a mysterious database platform in the city where no one can access unless given special permission or break the encryption of internet security.

John Carmack, a talented programmer, is frozen for almost 50 years. 50 years ago, he received a phone call from his older brother, the message was a bit scrambled in places, and his brother sounded anxious, not like him at all. His brother said that, 50 years from now, he will find himself in a parallel world X with an important mission to complete.

Carmack is put into a cryogenic suspension. His task is to break into the government’s database and destroy the system. Before his brother froze his memory, he got an important code(101) which will help him complete the mission in the future world. 50 years in the future, he wakes up in a crowded street, watching the propaganda of the new world. Three administrators talk about the rule of society regarding residences, jobs, city plans, and citizen identity.

A self-driving car picks Carmack up to tour around this new world. The digital monitor displays his GPS location and syncs to clouds every 10 seconds. The receiver’s coordinator is the government station. In order to protect himself from being detected, he can not browse any internet or talk too much with citizens. Each behavior should be carefully planned, as soon as the government is aware of John’s existence, he will be labeled as a ‘divergent’, tracked down and killed.

It’s about time. He browzes the screen on the car. There is an antique store nearby. Perhaps there are clues of the database station. The Self-Driving car drops him off there. John enters an antique store, which consists of his brother’s video and a woman named Beatrice’s message, interactive objects, which could help him find a map. There are four maps in the antique store, only one map can locate the government station. Through a series of discovery, he will find a map and objects with numbers labelled on them. A map will display the same number as an interactive object closeby.

After Carmack finds the map, he ultimately locates the governement station. The security system is very advanced. Touch sensors, body scanners, and distance sensors can appropriately sense who you are, and where you are going. Carmack faces a guard attempting to prevent him from entering. They fight with each other and , in the end, the guard is killed. He finds a weird supergrid tattoo on the guard’s arm. What does that mean? There are two doors, codes, and instructions in the database station. The codes looks blurred, could they be the code to the door? He finds a pattern on the door, it has the same shape as the weird tattoo. That is the answer! The door can be opened by scanning his supergrid tatoo!

John Carmack ultimately enters the database station center, and types the code(101) that his brother gave him 50 years ago. The database security and system explodes. His brother and the citizen have been watching him, they start shouting and jumping for joy.

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Xuan(Karen) Song

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Product designer | User Experience designer Intern@ Cisco| Human Computer Design& Engineering at University of Washington

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