AutoMatrix: Rise of the Low-Code Rebels
Blog: Appian Insight
FLASH FORWARD TO FUTURE.
INTERIOR SHOT. BASEMENT HALLWAY. CAMERA PANS IN ON:
Door that slowly opens to a dimly-lit office.
We see a computer sitting on the desk. A solitary cursor pulses like a heartbeat in the middle of the screen. Suddenly the screen flows with columns of green numbers like a Vegas slot machine. Up in the corner of the screen, a fixed four-digit number pops into place. It’s the date: 2322. Then, rows of green text slowly crawl up from the bottom of the screen:
“Long before the reign of the evil AutoMatrix empire, machines and algorithms created millions of jobs and added trillions of dollars to the global economy. But in the dawn of the 24th century, things went sideways. Humankind was dominated by a global system of super-intelligent machines called the AutoMatrix. The machines controlled more dimensions of human life than anyone ever imagined. But a fringe movement—known as the Low-Code Underground—had a long-held prophecy: From a secret chamber, a brave tribe of low-code warriors would come to challenge the tyranny of the sinister AutoMatrix.”
DISSOLVE TO NEXT SCENE.
PAN IN ON:
Trio of low-code rebels meeting secretly. We see Theo, a mild-mannered software developer by day and a legendary low-code hacker by night. He’s wearing dark shades and a black leather trench coat. Standing next to him is Kool Monk, wearing dark shades and a black cyberpunk jacket, followed by the fierce, black-latex-clad, warrior Vogue. The rebels have discovered a fatal glitch in the AutoMatrix. Fearing defeat, the guardians of the AutoMatrix are building a new quantum algorithm to crush the low-code rebels once and for all.
But the evil system is on borrowed time.
Lobby of AutoMatrix, Inc. A tour of the futuristic building is in progress. A tour guide leads a group of tourists through the lobby.
“Welcome to the global headquarters of the AutoMatrix. My name is Nia, I’m the Chief Truth Officer of the AutoMatrix. And I’ll be your tour guide today. The AutoMatrix was established in 2220, after the explosion of quantum computing created a world without work.”
The group continues through the lobby on the tour of truth.
“The rebels believe the AutoMatrix has taken away our freedom to innovate. But that’s a hoax. With the power of quantum computing, the AutoMatrix has created a global system of machines and algorithms that has brought more progress to the 24th century than any other period in human history. The truth is, we’ve experienced more progress in machines doing routine work faster, smarter and more efficiently than anyone ever imagined. And then there are the algorithms that have displaced the “zombie” jobs that require no creativity or imagination. And what else does the AutoMatrix do?”
A tourist answers the question.
“It protects us.”
“That’s right. It protects us from the rebels who want to destroy our progress.”
“Does the AutoMatrix ever make a mistake?”
“Never. The AutoMatrix is infallible.”
Nia moves toward an elevator, tourists in tow.
“Everybody, just step this way.”
SMASH CUT TO:
INTERIOR SHOT. COMPUTER SCREEN. INTERNET CHAT ROOM– NIGHT
A conversation is in progress.
“The guardians of the AutoMatrix want us to bow down to machines that make humans obsolete.
“Affirmative. But the Movement will free us from the system.”
“I’ve heard that song before.”
“It’s true. The Movement will create a world where humans and machines collaborate, and where human empathy and trust is valued.”
“Sounds like you’re drinking the cool-aid, bro. That’s happy talk, a myth.”
“No bro, the Movement knows things that you don’t. The AutoMatrix is not invincible, bro. It’s going down!”
“Yeah, right! I’ve heard that before.”
“Honestly, bro. We’ve got the technology. Our developers are building disruptive applications at hyper speed, 20x faster than ever before. Yo bro, I’ve gotta go.”
“Cool. See you on the flip side.”
INTERIOR SHOT. BASEMENT HALLWAY.
A door opens at end of hallway. Tight shot of low-code rebels. They’re on-line inside a secret chat room where low-coders hang out. Theo sits harnessed in a chair. He reaches for the telepathic headset next to the computer in front him and puts it on. Vogue sits beside him. In the other chair, Kool Monk. Using his mind, Theo manipulates the icons on the computer screen at blinding speed to create an app and hack into the AutoMatrix. He downloads the doomsday code The Movement needs to defeat the evil system. The code surges through his brain at a furious rate. He slams back against the chair as adrenaline surges through his body. He removes the headset. His eyes snap open. He looks up at the digital clock on the wall. Two-twenty a.m. Twenty minutes to go. He swivels his chair around and rises to his feet.
“So, now what?”
“We have a new mission from The Low-Code Underground.”
“Sounds like we’ve got a lot to do.”
“It’s time to end this AutoMatrix nightmare.”
“I know what needs to be done.”
Vogue smiles. So does Kool Monk.
“Let’s do this.”
Vogue and Kool Monk follow Theo out of the chamber.
ROLLUP crawls into view.
“No one would have believed in the early years of the 21st century, that our world was being watched by a secret network of super-intelligent machines, like bacteria under a microscope. As humans went about their routine tasks, the sinister machines watched and waited and plotted against them. But from the moment the machines took control, they were doomed by a movement of digital rebels who believed humans should be served, not ruled by machines.”
FADE TO BLACK.