It’s sad, but true, that sometimes you just don’t need things anymore. Even in fiction. I won’t spoil anything about this very well-written story, so just go read it. It’s short; it’ll only take you a few minutes.
I wrote a story some years ago with a similar idea, but it was pretty bad. Some day I’ll dust it off, tighten it (way) up, and do something with it. Some day.
Tip o’ the tin foil beanie to Larry Klaes.