With Twitter and Elon Musk grabbing the headlines lately, and with all the rage about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Chatgpt chatbot, the time for a virtual reality novel has finally arrived.
About ten years ago, then still writing as Koos Kombuis, the author started writing a short story on Twitter, tweet by tweet. It soon turned into a novel… a short novel, but a novel nonetheless! It was a challenge because tweets were limited to 140 digits in those days. It took Joe a few years to complete his story, and it attracted a lot of attention at the time.
This ‘micro-novel’ describes an imaginary future society and the role of social media where people are literally living inside virtual reality to the extent that they are unable to distinguish virtual reality from real life. The story unfolds in the now somewhat archaic terminology of 2013, at a time before Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans to create Meta!
‘Twitter Dawn’ is an evocative, humorous and thought-provoking story which fits right into the present-day debate about all things IT and AI!