April 12, 2012
The F-box was first conceived as a solution to the failing American education system. In the aughts, public schools were paralyzed by their inherent inability to adapt and innovate. America fell behind, first to China, then to Russia. As a result, changes began to come from charter schools and online education communities like Khan Academy. Huge leaps were made in understanding how the process of learning and understanding worked. F-boxes debuted in beta in 2014; by 2017 they were ubiquitous throughout the United States. F-boxes were part online community, part school system, part city-state. The idea was that by merging the successful aspects of online learning communities with underground, physical spaces designed for maximum creativity and inhabited by both students and their teachers (who became both teacher and parent), the process of learning would never stop. Education levels rose and with them came an incredible boom in US innovation. Unemployment was solved, disease was all but eradicated, sustainable fusion power was created, a new age of space exploration began, and the world began to heal.
idea: what if there were good reasons for dying? but those good reasons are also dangers that pose new existential questions. you can switch bodies if you’re bored. you can be a gluttonous pig if you want to, ruin your body with fried foods for 10 years then switch to a healthy one. change sexes to experience life, sex, emotions from the other POV. switching bodies so no one knows what you look like (so what’s the relationship between crime and justice now?)<--some of these ideas explored in Dollhouse, Ghost in the Shell
idea: to be upwardly mobile you have to be chosen or pay your way up the food chain. corporate interests or the government decide to let you move up in bodies/social class. the lowest classes have one body/one life, the highest classes can live forever in innumerable bodies. different types of bodies are celebrated by the public for different reasons. youth is the greatest reward, so the most revered leaders/celebrities/most powerful people all look like children<--bringing back the religious conflict... how would religious groups feel about this? there would almost certainly be massive conflict
idea: what if the story followed an older man from a lower class who was desperate to upload his consciousness? he could have a very strong, relatable emotional goal. like he needs to join his wife or his kid, or he’s dying himself and this is his last chance. could be a cool scene if he needs 2x his bankroll to pay for the process so he takes it all to a casino/gambling den...