So, after endless months of possibly some of the most horrible medical treatments available to mankind, I am finally back at work!
And oh my, how things have changed. While I was on medical leave, my department, the School of Psychology, moved from Henry Wellcome Building into the fancy new Centre for Medicine! It’s a (for Leicester’s architectural standards) nice, modern, and apparently very environmentally sustainable building that doesn’t require much energy for heating or cooling.
Now, I’m quite happy with this building. I have a lovely, shiny new office with windows! Yes, windows! I never had these in my old office, and now we have two walls that are pretty much just windows. Nice wide open space, a wonderful view of Victoria Park (which is especially gorgeous when autumn starts painting the leaves). We also have really cool lab spaces.
However, modernity has its drawbacks… one of which is the automatisation of processes. You see, because the new building is so incredibly advanced and environmentally sustainable, you cannot trust mere people to control the lights, blinds, and heating/air conditioning. People are prone to focus on their own needs rather than those of the building as a whole. Therefore, logically, the building is in charge of the lights, blinds, and heating.
And as any avid science fiction fan can imagine, this has…. interesting consequences