Ever since Czech playwright Karel Čapek coined the word “robot” 100 years ago, we’ve come to expect machines to take over our lives. It has now happened.
Our functional lives are ruled by machines, whether it’s the card readers we use to pay for our food or the microwaves we use to heat it. But after the 2020 lockdowns, machines also became the intermediaries in our emotional lives – allowing us to see and talk to family, friends and colleagues through Zoom, FaceTime, and similar apps.
Given the ubiquity of machines, it’s no surprise that our actions, and increasingly our thoughts, are at the mercy of algorithms. To avoid this, we need to evolve our relationship with machines, and the next 12 months give us a chance to do so in two important ways.
“First, we need to develop ways to survive in the artificial emotional environment in which we find ourselves. When we realize that we are both a machine and an organic entity, …
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