In the city of Shenzhen in China, where humans, robots, and cyborgs live together and build the city together, three young adolescents are kicked out of the house by their mother who tells them to go build their own houses and make a living. The three siblings then set off to live up to that challenge.
In this technodigital city, relationships and connections are very important, and one fuse broken or a wire disconnected can lead to dramatic damages to the peacefulness of the city. In this story, we’re not talking about hurricanes or tornadoes, but digital catastrophes: robots on rampage, corrupted computers, crazy cyborgs. Thus, the most important is to build a safe home, a secure space to protect yourselves from danger.
The three siblings end up building up houses next to each other, and with the rest of their savings left, they each invest into a proper security system for each of their homes.
The first sibling is a boy, and he is a video game lover. He does not like doing much and is lazy. Most of the time, he stays indoors playing video games, to the point where he does not have much interaction with anyone else, not even his siblings. The only interaction he has is with his computer. The funny story about him is that his hands and fingers are far too piggy big for his keyboard, but somehow, he still manages to be a pro-gamer. He is usually at home in pyjamas, which seem old and creased because he is lazy and has not done laundry. He is also slightly skinny because he forgets to eat when he is engrossed in his game. He is always worried and on guard, and this is due to the fact that he has been playing many violent and scary games, which cause him to be afraid that someone will get him from the back. His hair is messy and he wears round glasses that are overly big for his tired looking face. Due to his lack of interest in doing anything else than playing video games, and to save money, he decides to make a game that he programmed as the security code to his house.
The second sibling is a taller more muscular brother. This one is very intelligent and as soon as he set off in the world, he became a banker and married a rich woman. This brother only knows how to do numbers and calculations. Everything has to be objective and goal-oriented. He has a very logical way of approaching situations, and he can be quite intimidating. During his leisure time, he likes to play football, especially with the youngest toy-loving sibling. They play together every weekend, and this is why he always has a sunburn because he forgets to wear sunscreen. Because he is always focusing on calculating numbers on the screen all day, he has a frown and a permanent crease between his eyes. To cover up for this, he wear sunglasses indoors and outdoors, and last he is obsessed with everything green (partly why he loves playing football on the field). As he thinks that the most expensive security system would be the best option, and thus uses all of his savings to buy a multi-step security system. To enter his palace, one has to pass the face detection, fingerprint test and voice recognition security passwords.
Last but not least, the youngest sibling is a ball of energy. She is a short but very playful girl, who loves to have fun and jump around. She loves fairy tales, especially impersonating her favourite heroes. She makes up fantasies all the time. She is very likeable, has a lot of humour and a massive collection of toys and teddy bears at home. She has blond curly hair, hazel eyes, a warm smile and big eyes full of excitement. She will pick a fight with anybody who looks at her funny. For her house, she knows that nothing will protect her better than her best friend, Mr. Teddy. Therefore, before entering the house, you have to pass Mr Teddy’s test.
One day, the city goes into panic mode. A cyborg has gone savage, and has been on rampage entering and stealing from people’s homes and kidnapping children.
The cyborg arrives to the first house and knocks on the door. “Hey friend, let me in to play video games with you”. The video-game lover is so engrossed in his own game, and tells the cyborg to go away. The cyborg replies “I will solve your game in a second and come for you, your skills will be very valuable for the army of cyborgs I am building. The brother stop his game and watches as the cyborg enters the game space that he has created. If the cyborg beats him, then the house will be unlocked. In less than a minute, the cyborg has analysed all the moves possible, made all the calculations, and predicted all the possible moves of the game master, and within no time, the house is unlocked.
In panic, the brother leaves from a secret passage behind his television, and goes out from the back and runs to his brother’s house.
The cyborg now makes way towards the second brother’s house. “Guys, open the door and let me join your party.” The 2 brothers tell the cyborg to go away and that it is impossible to get past the most expensive security system in the world. The cyborg says “This expensive trash does not scare me, I want you guys to be part of my army, so I am coming”. The cyborg corrupts the security system’s facial recognition, and passes the test. Next, the cyborg analyses the area around the house using powerful infra-red, and localises the banker brother’s fingerprint on the leaf of a plant in the garden. With this, the cyborg passes the fingerprint test. Last, the cyborg recorded the conversation with the brothers and uses the banker brother’s voice to win the game, and the last test is passed. The house is unlocked.
Both brothers escape by climbing up the chimney and run to their little sister’s house.
The cyborg arrives to the sister’s house. In the sweetest voice, the cyborg says “let me in. Let me in to play”. The little girl replied, “Mr. Teddy will decide whether you are fit to play with us” and giggles away. The cyborg looks at Mr. Teddy and says “This is going to be easy, wait for me I am coming”. The cyborg looks at Mr. Teddy, analyses Mr. Teddy and tries to find anything with a code to pass but nothing. The cyborg searches the internet for things that people do with teddy bears, hugs it tightly and still nothing. The cyborg dissects Mr. Teddy trying to find a hidden code but still nothing. Frustrated, the cyborg destroys Mr. Teddy to try and vandalise the house, but still nothing happens, the house is still locked and more protected than ever by several other teddy bears.
The cyborg is surrounded with teddy bears, and cannot figure out how to break in. Using too much internet power to figure out how to enter the house, the cyborg’s cables are starting to loosen out and additionally, the cyborg forgot that going on the internet drains its power rapidly, therefore the cyborg is running out of battery and will die soon.
The cyborg dies. The three siblings win the game and live happily ever after in the sister’s house.
The cyborg asks the siblings for help and to “teach” the cyborg what was needed to pass the test. In the end, the siblings decide to help the cyborg and plug a charger on its back. They become friends and the siblings teach the cyborg to be good again. And they lived happily ever after as friends and family. End.
Note: To pass the sister’s test, one has to become a child again. One has to hug the teddy bear with care and make friends with the teddy bear and play with Mr. Teddy. The most simple of instincts: make-believe.
From the feedback from Marianne on Tuesday, we thought that there should be a characteristic to link the siblings together, so I thought that I could perhaps add pig – like characteristics to my characters (inspired by my classmates work).
This is a re-do of the child like character I created, but this time it is a girl.
One of the challenges that I encountered is that I cannot change things on my original files when I work on the Maclab computers because somehow Fuse won’t allow me to do changes even when I downloaded the fuse file. Therefore, I am not sure yet how to keep my saved work as well as make my older saved characters work.
Overall, I am still thinking about the best approach and medium to translate my story into. I really liked the Interactive video piece by Coldplay, but I am not sure of the skills and tools to make something like this. I am also thinking of paper models and flipping story books. Still thinking about this.