If you're anything like me, you spend most of your time on the computer because it's way easier than real life. Literally everything in a computer is easier than its analog counterpart. Email is better than snail mail, YouTube lets us watch people get hit in the balls without having to endure whatever asshole is currently hosting America's Funniest Home Videos, and word processing programs let us type without revealing what grammatically inept morons we are.
Wouldn't it be great if we had the same conveniences of a computer in reality? Here are the features I think we could use the most.
I've worked exclusively with computers for well over a decade, because I'm clumsy and therefore a danger to myself when doing real-people jobs, and I get frustrated easily with repetitious tasks. Whether it's flipping burgers or making a brick wall, the act of repeatedly picking things up and moving them is a pain in the ass.
In The Real World ...
You could select an object and then just copy, paste, repeat. A job at Taco Bell would be a lot more bearable if you made one taco before lunch and just pasted it, hot and fully wrapped, over and over again for every customer.
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"Or you could give me a Ctrl+Z to undo working here ..."
Stores would save a bundle simply reusing the same product over and over, and you could save even more buying one of those build-your-own six packs and just pasting the good ones forever. Even more practically, you could make copies of your more valuable organs for when you inevitably destroy them with all of the cigarettes, Big Macs, and vodka you copied over the years.
The cut function might be even better. You'd never have to do any heavy lifting again. You could just cut and later paste things wherever you want them to go. Imagine a world in which strained backs are a thing of the past. Carrying loads of laundry up and down the stairs would be as easy as walking up and down the stairs -- which is a challenge for me because I'm terribly out of shape, but you get the general idea.
Though carrying a complete bedroom set on a clipboard might prove to be tricky.
Destroying evidence would be as easy as cutting an object, then cutting another. Just like the joke that was originally here but accidentally copied over, it would never be seen again. Those hundreds of beer bottles from that binge you pasted over the weekend? Cut and then lost seconds later when you copied that McNugget into the full 20 you now need to fight the hangover.
#7. Saving Progress
Do you have any regrets? I do. I'm divorced, I've gotten speeding tickets, and I once got hit in the junk by a piece of wood that flew out of a table saw. So I have some experience with looking back on moments and reflecting on how it would be super to have not done that, because I still cry when I pee sometimes. (Divorce is rough, folks)
On the other hand, I have zero regrets with any video game I play, because I save as often as possible, whether it allows quick saves or has save points. For example, there is no regret for your character in Alien: Isolation when you accidentally attract the creature with your running and it kills you, because you saved the game and can go back and not do that this time. Unfortunately for your underwear, that doesn't undo the racing stripe you just forged in terror turds.
A better bowel loosener than Metamucil or a draft notice for Ted Nugent.
In The Real World ...
Wouldn't it be great if we could save the day when we get up in the morning? Or just before a big interview? Or before asking the custodian if he was propositioning you with his eyes or just has a weird tic? All that regret could be undone with a reload. It would be like Edge Of Tomorrow, except you don't have to get shot in the face or run over to undo your most recent screwup.
Had an awesome relationship, but fucked it up over a stupid misunderstanding? Reload. Blow through a red light? Reload. Got drunk and put peanut butter on your genitals to make friends with the dog? Reload, but gross. You can reboot your life, but you can't scrub a soul clean, pervert.
Before anyone screams, I know, piracy is bad. It can and has murdered the careers of indie developers and writers, because rather than paying for their product, people just shared it for free, and free doesn't buy food and WiFi. On that note, a lot of people are A-OK pirating things from big companies. Raise your hand if you paid $7,000 for that copy of Photoshop you use to replace celebrities' heads with dicks. I thought so.
Fact: Only two legitimate copies were ever made, both in 1997.
In The Real World ...
Now that we've cleared that up, think about a world in which the poor and downtrodden could have lobster mac and cheese because someone made some at a fancy (possibly schmancy) restaurant, then made a bunch of free copies to share. That wouldn't even impact the restaurant, because it's not like Ol' Hobo Gus was going to eat at the Four Seasons but "fuck it, free lobster mac." And what if simple things that add up in life could just be duplicated from what the Haves have to make life less shitty for the hardworking Have Nots? Trips to the food bank would be a snap, and you could drop off Costco-sized boxes of Q-tips or actual fresh food instead of that canned garbage that people who can't afford a can opener are always offered.
True, but would we really want to have to sit through this PSA before every meal?
Granted, some people would take advantage of this and use it for Teslas, Blu-ray players, and 96-inch TVs that would go perfectly in my living room. Now, these pirated copies will probably have some built-in problems just to fuck with the thieves, but honestly, that's an extra layer of hilarious I think the real world could use right now.
#5. Bookmarks And Shortcuts
Bookmarks are already a thing. Remember those pieces of poster board you shoved into your pre-Kindle so that when you went back you didn't have to remember what page you were on? That's actually exactly how we came to use the term "bookmark" for webpages.
In The Real World ...
Condescending history lessons aside, the basic idea behind bookmarks and shortcuts would be amazing in the real world. Imagine being able to snap right back to where you were in line after running to the bathroom, regardless of how many dick nerds stole your place for the new Star Wars movie.
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Although autocomplete will lead to awkward questions as to why you went
to the strip mall while your husband ended up at "Mammary Lane."
More practically, you could make a shortcut to the responsible groceries you always "forget" when shopping. A shortcut to where you parked at a mall or concert could save valuable hours of your life that could have been spent doing something other than wandering and crying quietly.