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Got your orange sliced open? Good. We
are looking at rows of crops and the voice-controlled robots that
harvest the crops in the desert farm of Mesa Verde. This scene portrays
that it is possible to turn a desert into a thriving farm. A bird
sitting on the rocks overlooks the farm and the desert beyond. Machines
called helium lifters drop hooks down to collect baskets of the harvest
from the robots and then fly the produce off to be sold. Hoverlifts,
with spinning blades, function as automatic shade controls. A satellite
dish called "Agro Wave-Link" sends out the commands to the
Look at that, will ya? A few years ago this was all barren desert.
No crops, no irrigation - quite a transformation.
A woman in the Control Station 4 booth, the narrator's daughter whom
we just saw on the video phone talking with her mother, is controlling
the machinery by simply saying aloud what she wants. Her husband (who
appears on a monitor in the booth) warns of severe weather that is
on the way. Three other monitors display radars and the control systems.
On the counter of the control booth is a glass of orange juice and
some of the hybrid fruits being grown at the farm.
Stand by number 4 for crop transport. (Computer beeps)
Desert Husband (on TV Monitor):
(Monitor is black, then "Incoming Call" blinks, and then
her husband appears.) Hey, the latest weather forecast is calling
for rain out of the north.
I can see the clouds from here. (Robots beep) The robots are giving
out storm warnings too!
I mean a lot of rain.
Yeah, one look says it all. (Computer beeps and monitor says "Call
Complete," then turns black.) Stand by number 4 for crop transport.
(Computer beeps) Harvester 10. Finish picking the north quadrant
then recycle for cultivation. (More computer beeps)
("Incoming Call" blinks and then her husband appears.)
I just wanted to let you know the weather guys are calling for showers
out of the north.
Well, I'm not surprised. I can see the storm from here. (Robots
beep) (She laughs) Even the robots see it. Stand by Harvesters.
I mean real showers.
I believe it. Thanks for the warning. All Harvesters, suspend irrigation
programs. (Computer beeps and monitor blinks "Call Complete"
before going black again.) Harvester 6. Continue transport functions
then hold for further instructions. (Computer beeps) ...
The cycle repeats starting from the top with "Stand by number
4 for crop transport."
Ya know, this really makes me proud.
And you wanted her to go to law school.
But do you suppose they ever miss the fun of the city?
Oh, I think they get their share right here.
Passing by a rocky waterfall, a cat tries to catch a jumping fish
in the stream with its paw. We now see their daughter's home. Her
husband, the narrator's son-in-law, is standing behind a counter in
the kitchen which has a glass floor allowing a view of the rocky stream
flowing below. The husband is baking a cake for Davey, our narrator's
other grandson who lives on the space colony (we'll see him later).
The cake is elaborate with a miniature model of the space colony on
top. By the refrigerator, the narrator's Mesa Verde grandson, Michael,
uses voice-activation technology to say the type of food his father
is asking for. When he announces what he wants, the part of the refrigerator
that is holding that item slides open. Two birthday packages are wrapped
and sitting on the counter. One is wrapped in Mickey paper.
Hey, now, don't give me that bologna.
Michael (Desert Boy):
Did you say bologna?
No, wise guy. But we may need to make more icing.
Ice Cream? Coming right up!
No, just candles - birthday kind.
The adjoining room is the communications room which features a large
video phone and a computer. At the moment, the computer has been set
up to teach a chemistry lesson. However, the narrator's granddaughter,
who should be using it, is talking to her boyfriend on the video phone
instead. He is working behind his solosub, but then leans out to the
side so we can see him.
Boyfriend (Tom II):
Hey, come on, be serious, now. Why would I be late?
Granddaughter (Desert Daughter):
You're always late!
Always late? You've got to be kidding. I'm a very punctual guy.
Oh, ho, now who's kidding. But, I hope you'll at least try to be
on time tonight. I mean, it is a party.
I know it's a party.
My folks'll be here and some of our relatives.
Well, why would I be late?
Because you're never on time for anything.
Never on time?! You must be joking. I mean, you're talking to a
human clock here.
Ha, ha - a human clock!
Well, if you are one, I hate to tell you, but you've been running
a little slow for the past few years.
Please, don't be late. After all, it is a party.
I know it's a party.
My folks'll be here and some relatives too.
Well, why would I be late? I mean, I'm surprised to hear you even
mention such a thing.
Well, it's just that you're late for everything else.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, tell the truth. When was the last time I was late
Last Saturday night!
Yeah, but that was an unusual thing. But before that?
Well, that was extraordinary circumstances.
So please don't be late tonight. It is a party and my whole family
will be here.
He leans behind the solosub again and the conversation repeats as
we move on.
Shouldn't your granddaughter be studying instead of flirting with
He is not a beachboy! He's studying marine biology there on the
Leaving the desert behind and moving into Sea Castle, a floating
city, we see that the granddaughter and her boyfriend are still talking.
Now, she is on the video screen and he is working on his yellow underwater
Solosub 1 vehicle. It is suspended from the ceiling and he is sitting
on the ledge right next to it with his tools sprawled out behind him.
Looking out the window, we can see we're not underwater yet. We're
on the coast, right above the water and can see back towards an adjacent
I'll be there! I just put a laser lock on a couple of diving planes
to the sub.
Yeah, I know about those laser locks of yours.
Since when do you know anything about laser locks?
You know, you might just check that fin servo, too.
Fin servo? A couple of minutes, then I'll grab the Sunset Express
straight out to the desert.
OK, but try to be on time this time, will ya!
Hey, I mean it! There's no reason in the world that I would be late.
Well I hope you're right. Because you've already missed that flyer.
Look, all I'm gonna do is seal the scan and run a diagnostic on
her. It's only going to take a couple of seconds. Then I'll get
the Express straight out to the desert.
OK, fair enough. But, I'll be waiting for you.
Honestly, how could I possibly miss the party? All I've got here
is, what, five minutes work.
Uh, huh. Ha, ha. Tell me about it.
OK, let's say ten tops.
I think I've heard that song before.
(Laughing) Seriously. I'm almost through.
OK. I'll be expecting you.
Good enough. When that Sunset Express heads for the desert, I'll
be on it.
You better be.
She gets up and leaves for a second, then comes back, and the conversation
repeats. Moving lower into the sea colony, we approach a class that
is getting ready for a class trip to the nearby mining and kelp farm.
The day's class schedule is on the wall behind them: "9:30 Sr.
Lifesaving, 10:00 Discovery Dive, 11:30 Swim Team Practice, 13:00
Solosub Race, 14:00 Jr. Lifesaving, 16:00 Marine Biology Seminar."
OK class, settle down. Now we're almost ready to go. But before
we do, let's review our diving rules one more time.
The seal honks and the kids laugh.
(To the seal.) Relax, Rover. Come on kids, underwater safety's no
Let's hear those safety rules.
Stay in your group. Keep your buddy in sight. Always check your
gill apparatus for full re-circulation.
How often, class?
Every ten minutes. (As if they have said it a million times.)
Or more often!
That's right. Now, you're all good swimmers. I'm not worried about
your swimming at all and I know this isn't your first dive, but
tell me, what's the most important tool underwater?
The seal barks.
Wrong, Rover. It's judgement, you must use good judgement! And what
else must you use, Scott?
Swim safely. Follow your diving rules. And ...
And never horse around while diving. Never. Don't even sea horse
The kids laugh and the cycle repeats.
Still moving lower into the depths of the ocean, we are now looking
at the outside of the floating city. Through three large, half spherical
windows in the side of the floating city, we can see people enjoying
an underwater restaurant. An African man and a woman chat in the first
window. An Asian girl is pressed up against the second window looking
out at a seal (who is looking back) while her mother stands behind
her. In the third window, a man is reading over the clear plastic
menu. Also through that last window, we can see up to the ledge where
Tom II, the boyfriend, is sitting and working on the solosub. All
that is seen is his foot rocking back and forth. Below the floating
city, a turtle swims by Solosub 7 which is similar to the one Tom
II was working on.
Floating cities ... they're amazing! I mean whole new industries
have developed in them and under them. Mariculture, all sorts of
marine mining, fuels, energy...
And fun! Remember fun?
Well so am I. Floating cities have opened up whole new ways for
people to enjoy their lives, as well as their work.
The floating city has been left behind and the rocky ocean terrain
is before us. After passing an octopus resting on a rock and a large
fish (whose mouth opens and closes), the class is seen (on a film
rear-projected on a screen) swimming by on their way to see the kelp
OK class, let's stick together. Sue, come on, keep up with the group.
It's almost time for us to do something. Anybody remember what that
Take a break?
Not quite, Scott. Ah, anyone else?
Check our fuels?
Right. Did everyone hear that?
Good. Who'd like to explore one of the kelp farms?
There's one up ahead. We can stop for a few minutes and check our
Can we take a break, too?
(Laughing) Yes, Scott. At the farm.
The sequence repeats and we move on to see the machines harvesting
the ocean floor.
There's always been something sort of mysterious about our oceans.
We knew they were filled with valuable gifts for us.
Yeah, water and seaweed.
Very funny. But seawater has become an excellent source of energy
as well as being valuable for desert irrigation. And kelp ...
Kelp is a tremendous source of low cost
fuel. Oh, we've found lots of good things under our oceans.
And don't forget space, we've found lots of good things out there,
Head into space on as Horizons
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