Welcome to the Future
By Sudiksha Chakraborty, Class 8, Sushila Birla Girls' School, Moira Street, Kolkata
I had a normal day at school. I was coming back home, trudging along the sidewalk absentmindedly, when I noticed something strange. There was an eerie silence and the whole block seemed to be deserted. This caught my attention and I started hurrying towards my house. I called out to my mother on entering the house but no one answered me back. The whole house was empty. I began to feel uncomfortable and goose bumps started creeping up my arms. I dashed into my room and saw a weird looking coin on my study table. Feeling curious, I picked it up and suddenly found myself in a grassy clearing with huge skyscrapers in the distance. I was momentarily bewildered. Yelling out loud, I threw the coin away and immediately found myself back in my room. I was trying to process what happened but my brain refused to work. I nervously inched towards the coin on the floor. My fingers were itching to touch it but my hands kept lingering over it as I second doubted myself. However, anxiousness overcame caution and this time I found myself among those skyscrapers.
Being unsure of myself, I looked up and the sight in front of me left me speechless.
I was surrounded by huge buildings all around me and a water body a few feet from me. Everywhere, I could see, people were using complicated machines for various activities. I was in the future! My joy knew no bounds. My face lit up and I was about run towards the lake, when all of a sudden a jet pack whizzed past my ears and fell on the ground with a loud thud. I moved closer to the boy who just fell from the jet pack but he did not react on seeing me. I turned around and shouted out loud but no on even glanced at me for a second. I realised that no one could sense my presence. A few more boys landed at a distance and started walking briskly towards a gigantic building which looked like a school. With a broad smile on my face, I sprinted behind them at full speed. I was astounded by what I saw. The whole building was made of glass, human sized robots dressed as teachers were roaming about the school and students were using virtual headsets to learn their lessons. Stepping outside, I felt something move swiftly above my head. Looking up, I saw numerous trains carrying passengers, floating in air.
People across the entire landscape were using artificial intelligence to carry out their chores and I was amused by the happenings all over the place. In contrast to the future we all imagine to be a one way ticket to dystopia, the place was bustling with lively people and greenery present all over the picturesque vista. I was enjoying myself to the fullest when all of a sudden I heard an ear splitting noise coming from somewhere. I tripped over a bump on the road and found myself falling into a pit which seemed to be never ending. Unable to contain my fear, I started shrieking out loudly. I jolted back up on my bed, wide eyed and looked around my room frantically. I smacked my blaring alarm clock on my table. It finally dawned on me that I had just woken up from my dream that had transported me to the future. I smiled as I recalled the utopia I had just dreamed about. With human beings slowly leading the world to near destruction, such a place is hard to imagine, but if a few small steps are taken to elevate the condition of the world, maybe the place of my dreams would actually become true one day.