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In Player Piano everything is controlled by machines and computers and depends on productivity The managers and engineers only create new programs for more productive production Even the rates of production and consumption are calculated by a computer EPICAC which is seated in the large Carlsbad cavern system The EPICAC computer even determines the peoples careers and in this way their whole lives It gives intelligence tests to everyone and on the basis of their results it sorts people into two categories - suitable for university entering exams and suitable for work The university studies allow their graduates to become managers engineers writers or public relation workers You may become a writer only if you get a university degree the literature is heavily censored and you may write only suitable facts and create stories about authorized settings Ordinary people were degraded into a role of passive consumers They do not have to work anymore the only really working jobs are either supervisors in industry or agriculture or reconstruction and restoration groups or soldiers But supervisors do not have any work reconstruction and restoration workers are too numerous to work really and soldiers are bullied cruelly The majority of population is bored since they have everything they need all their homework is done by automatons and machines and their only job is entertainment Dr Paul Proteus lives in the city of Ilium NY The city is divided into three major parts the managers and engineers are in the northwest in the northeast there is a large industrial plant quite a large city by itself and in the south across the river there is the town for ordinary people who are the rough majority He is employed in the Illium Industrial Plant as a general manager His only work is to rule the factory so that its productivity still increases and so that there are no saboteurs Computers control all the other He is a married thirty-five-year
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