Writers of the Future XXV
Leo has worked on an algorithm that assesses physical risk. Although there’s more work to do, the government takes over the equation and wants to start applying it insurance, limiting what people can do. Trains quit running due to high risk. Crops rot due to people not going to work due to risk. Recessions kick in. Leo decides to come up with a new algorithm that addresses the missing if intangible risk factors.
This makes convincing points about the necessity of risk in life. Curiously, one of the examples was Leo’s husband, Jen, needing to continue postmodern art although the tale is told in a traditional SF manner.