I, For One . . .

“It is one of the unexpected disasters of the modern age that our new unparalleled access to information has come at the price of our capacity to concentrate on anything much. The deep, immersive thinking which produced many of civilization’s most important achievements has come under unprecedented assault. We are almost never far from a machine that guarantees us a mesmerizing and libidinous escape from reality. The feelings and thoughts which we have omitted to experience while looking at our screens are left to find their revenge in involuntary twitches and our ever-decreasing ability to fall asleep when we should.” (Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists (2013) 264.)

And here we are.

But pretty soon the robots will be handling the deep, immersive thinking, and we will be flashing our lights to get their attention. (We’d better prepare a new morality. For the robots, I mean.)

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