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  • 1. ONE HUNDRED ZEROSBy Ross Hyland, Ian Sealey, Callum Bax & Mr Lozano 1

2. My Boardroom Chapter/SceneI walked slowly along the endless corridor to kill as much time as possible and delay theinevitable. I tried to think of my speech, but words jumbled in my distraught mind. Everybreath, every footstep seemed fuzzy, weak and unclear, as if my fear and worry hadcontaminated my brain. I would not let my nerves get to me. I must compose myself. Iwiped the sweat from my face, tidied my hair and straightened my suit. I stopped outsidethe door marked Board of Directors. I took a deep breath then turned the handle. I was instantly greeted by the sound of scraping chairs. Four large men and an equallylarge woman stood politely in front of me, all with the same neutral expression. Theystood in a semi-circle before me, with only a table and a podium between us. The fiveleast favourite people in my life looked back at me. They were all dressed uncomfortablyin bland smart suits. Closest to me was the Financial Director who wore a kind facemapped with freckles over his nose and cheeks. He had a long sharp nose, broad ears andsmall dirty blue eyes. He appeared kindly but his smile was mean. He despisedeverything, especially me. He often expressed his disapproval of my organisations poorprofits, regardless that we were an R&D department. To his right stood the man who controlled my survival. The Boards Chairman was ahandsome man, his symmetrical features were composed of beautiful glassy green eyes,clear skin and pinched cheek bones, but his beauty was ruined by his sneering smile. Hewould have kicked me out of the job years ago if he had not had such a terrible memory, Ihad got away with so many mistakes and failures previously.2 3. Furthest to the left was the Sales Director and Assistant Sales Director. They werehusband and wife and the least helpful people in the world. They ruthlessly sabotagedanyone who tried to interfere with their work. They were both short, plump and badlydressed and suited each other in their maliciousness. No one in their right mind wouldever dream of saying that to them. They could be quite ingenious in their vindictiveness. Iknew my place as far as they were concerned and I dared to say nothing. The tall man inthe middle of them was the man to be wary of the most. The rumours in the lower levelswere that he had only got to where he was by stepping on everyone else. He would neverstop until he is the CEO. It was ironic that the cruellest man in the company was the headof Human Resources.I nodded to them then they all sat down in unison. I made my way to the podiumcleared my throat and looked at the Board. They all seemed so small. I wiped the sweataway again then began my presentation.Good morning gentlemen, and lady. I nervously cleared my throat. My name is DrCrofonsh, as you all know I saw the faint reaction of irritation. I tried drastically to altermy tone from arrogance to humility. As you know, over the last few years I haveinvented many memorable products that have made us a very wealth company. TheFinancial Director smirked, while the Chairman looked at me with indifference. I ignoredthem and carried on.I have now made a new invention that will revolutionise crime fighting. They sat upwith interest.We are all aware of the increase in crime as we creep towards the London Olympics.The prisons we have built cannot cope with the increasing numbers of criminals. My 3 4. invention is an advancement of the prison system. With a big difference. This prisonneeds no land; no guards, not even any bars. All you need is a chip and a spine. I heldup a chip (no bigger than a mobile phones sim card) and a human spine. This chip is called the Moral Chip. This chip works by taking control of their nervoussystem. Who is their in your explanation. The Assistant Sales Director had spoken up. The criminal of course. The criminal is the victim... I mean.... the.... ur...the patient.Criminals are the target for this invention. Anyway, the Moral Chip takes control of thenervous system and does not allow bad thoughts getting through the body and causingcrime. This chip can be inserted anywhere that has a link to the nervous system, but it worksbest when you put it just under the axis (C2) on the Cervical Vertebrae, the top part ofthe spine. The plan is, we will create a clinic in every town and if we catch someone whohas committed a crime we will put them through trial and the judge can decide (if theyreguilty) from the following punishments: Community service, any up to 15 years in prisonand chip. This invention is prison without the walls. We have tested this on 7 patients and 6 of them have had no problems. What about the one that did have problems. The Chairman had spoken. We had a fatality on the first person, but we sorted it. I wasnt sure I had convincedhim until he went back to his blank unsure face. We can get this launched if you send my company 2 million pounds; we will give you30% of my inventions profits and your loan back with interest. What do you say to that? For once, I cant find any way we lose, Im fine with it. How about you Clare andPhil? The Financial was the first to reply. If youre ok with it, I am. The nicest thing ever said by The Assistant Sales Director 4 5. Me too. Her husband now spoke. The chairman spoke. I for one think this is a brilliant invention from a new comer. Iignored this comment. The Human Resource Director took some time to come up with an answer; you couldalmost see what he was thinking. : how will this benefit me and what could I get if Isquashed this mans dreams. But in the end he said its fine. I was ecstatic, but had to stay formal. I said thank you very much. They all stood d upshook my hand and I was out. Out into that same plain corridor but instead of having fearfor company I had happiness, which in my opinion is a lot more fun. I loosened my tie,pocketed the chip and left with the thoughts of a new title: The Creator. 14th September 2012 Wednesday Yesterday, in the early hours of the morning, there was a horrific attack on a family offour. One man with a machete broke into their house, and killed the youngest, after thefamily refused to hand over their savings. The mother of the child was next to die, as shetried to get her sons body. Later on that night, the attacker turned murderer killed theother two children. A police investigation was been filed, which prompted a quickresulting search, and the man was found attempting to hide inside a neighbouring house.The man was arrested and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment. These terrible murdershave further increased to the rate of crime which is building up in built up cities in 5 6. England, such as London, Manchester and Birmingham. The newest response to this riseof crime is a device to effectively stop crime. Implanted straight into the central nervoussystem, it stops the implanted person from doing anything that is not programmed intothe device. There was a board of directors (of robotic implantations) meeting shortly afterthe attack, we have been told; however we do not know whether they had anyinvolvement in the murders. The boards final decision was to further increasedevelopment of their Morality chip, something that stops you from thinking dangerousthoughts, or ones that are immoral, such as murder, assault, or burglary. This has prompted the government and prime minister to organize a meeting, to discusspossible implantation for the more dangerous criminals, those who have been convictedof serial murders, and who have shown no regret for their crimes. I, as a technologicaladvisor, think that it is a brilliant idea. Unfortunately, there may be several drawbacks Ican see to this device. Firstly the cost- a piece of technology this advanced would costseveral million pounds to implement into Britain; however this is a cost I believe wouldbe reasonable, as it would effectively curb crime significantly. Secondly, human rights-why should we be the ones to decide what others should do? It is not our life, and lifeimprisonment has been an effective enough deterrent as it is. Finally, the difficulty ofgetting it in there in the first place. A chip implanted straight into the central nervoussystem will not be easy, as if the doctors get it wrong, even slightly, then the recipient ofthe chip could become paralysed from the legs down, possibly a fate worse than death. A suggestion for the trial subject of this newest technology in prevention of crime,would be best suited if he or she were already a criminal, and who has already committedmany crimes, or a few, but very serious ones. My personal suggestion would be the very6 7. criminal who caused this quick intervention, the cruel and murderous man who killed aninnocent family of four, in particular the very man who was mentioned, or ratherdescribed what he did in detail, and if of course the trial fails, then I personally think thathe deserves paralyse. The man walked slowly down the stairs, he was told he was part of an experiment,which he was going to get paid a lot of money for. Behind him was man, dressed in a suitand tie, carrying a black brief case. He kept looking back as if he was being followed.The boy being paid was Curtis, a 17 year old looking for some cash. The room they werewalking into was cold; there was a bed in the middle of the room and a man standing overit, he was wearing a white coat, he had a long nose and scraggly hair, he was also tall butskinny. He was holding a syringe in one hand, and a key in the other.The man with the white coat spoke. Do you have it? The man with the brief casethen tapped it. Lets do it then. The boy stopped walking; he was pushed in the back bythe man with the brief case. The boy was too petrified to speak and carried on walking.Not knowing what to expect, he sat down on the bed, all of a sudden, the boy wassmashed on the back of his head by the man in the white coat. The man w