They took our jobs 🤖

In the 1920s, Hoover marketed its vacuum not just as a time-saver but as a human energy saver: “Hoover offers the least fatiguing way of cleaning carpets and rugs.” If a robot wrote this blog post, would you even know the difference? The future of automation says that robots will displace human jobs. Gmail’s auto-responder […]

Gamed and uattended

Beyond the robot. Waiting for the robot. The question of who does what won’t matter when the automata yield the paintbrush, teach Castilian Spanish, dance, and write best-selling romance novels. Even if this is all simulation, the gamers from above played their part in permitting the unscripted. Like hungry pigeons, we were just picking up […]

Today’s Dream, Tomorrow’s Reality

“After World War Two, artists and advertising agencies wanted to sell a bright and hopeful future. But they were also working to produce something that their audience would recognize and find plausible. As H. G. Wells said: “Anyone can invent human beings inside out or worlds like dumbbells or gravitation that repels. The thing that […]

Variations on a human theme

We’re all variations on a human theme, containing multitudes. Some of the variations are more versatile than others. The brain’s wiring is more amenable to uncertainty than chasing exactitude. The rare breeds prefer to keep the ball in the air, playing the piano with no end in sight. Time is constant, and so is their […]