"I don't think you'd better consider it any more, father."
The Happylife home contains the Hadley family. The mother, Lydia, and the father, George, allow the house’s technological advancements to care for everyday activities and raise for the children, Wendy and Peter. It is explained how the house does everything for them and makes their lives easy.
The children become obsessed with the Nursery and more specifically the African Veldt, which is then portrayed into the technology of the house. The kids become emotionally attached to the nursery and their lives revolve around this house that does everything for them. The Hadley parents grow concerned over the hostile environment that the kids are portraying in the nursery, and wonder why their kids would be thinking of such things. The kids are emotionally attached to the technology of the nursery and they use it as a therapy, it appears to become somewhat addictive for them because they can always use it to take out their frustrations.
When the father notices the two children hold too much power he attempts to take away by locking the nursery, calling a psychologist, and attempting to shut down the house. Peter threatens the parent's authority and their lives if they continue to go against the children's wishes. The technology in the story took over the place of the parents as Peter cries to the house to stop the father’s actions instead of obeying the parent’s commands.
Takeaway About Tech
The Hadley children are outraged and very upset that their parents have decided to take away the very things that make their lives dramatically easier. The parents continue to contemplate on why they purchased a house that took away their very humanity and reflect on how it makes them feel artificial. The kids decide to take out this pent up anger against their parents by tricking them into going into the very dangerous Veldt. The kids get very attached to technology and they are dependent on it to feel comfortable in everyday life.
"Don't let them do it!" "Don't let Father kill everything."
The story ends when both the parents are trapped in the room and were eaten by the lions. Technology developed into something more than it should have. The lack of control over how the AI reacts therefore caused major problems in the Hadley household.
The takeaway of the story can be that with technology a sense of reality can be lost by the personification of AI into the feelings of real emotions. This is especially true in children as they have not developed the correct communication skills they need in order to separate technology and human interactions.