Could cell phones destroy civilisation
"Cell", the new novel by horror writer Stephen King, paints an all too plausible scenario where our addiction to cell phones enables a malicious virus to be pulsed to every phone in the world turning all who take the call into a flock of murderously mad zombies.
It’s a ripping good yarn with excellent dialogue between a small group of survivors (non-mobile phone users!) who make their way out of a burning Boston fleeing and fighting the zombies (phonies) as they go.
Worryingly the phonies start to develop some nice bioteaming traits such as group intelligence and begin to act as a superorganism with clear flocking behaviour.
It reminds me a bit of King's other novel, The Tommy Knockers, where the zombies despite everything else are slightly cute in the madcap inventions they always seem to spawn.
Kings story telling skills are awesome - but if he had been really up to date he would have included VoiP (e.g. skype) as an alternative delivery channel for the pulse - then the zombies would have got everybody.
King's zombies are clearly bioteams gone totally mad!