A co-written essay
More co-authored pieces please :)
Alex (and Jenna) -- this was great. Especially loved the insight that we’ve strayed away from intuition. Sometimes things feel right -- or wrong. It’s easy to ignore your gut when you have facts or other data to analyze -- but our genes survived for 10s if not 100s of thousands of years on that very instinct that’s trying to tell you something.
Me, my gut? It’s telling me to have dinner and, after reading this, always keep a super soaker handy.
Never underestimate the power of rest and food.
One night a few years ago, I was slumped over at the dinner table, exhausted and spiraling. And I had an epiphany: "It feels like you have 100 problems, but really you only have one problem: you're tired."
It is amazing what carbs and a good night's sleep can do for your mental health.
That X-Files episode is an all-timer. And I couldn't agree more about calling in the Pressure Washers of America. When in doubt, simply find someone with an oversized pickup truck and let them get to work.
I have another solution. Chop off the head of the robot; no blood, no brains, no flood, just a clean removal of A I which we appear to be fearing more than white supremacy, antisemitism and Republican acceptance.
We are inventing ourselves into oblivion unless robots can save planet earth or reveal another waiting for the human race to destroy that one.
I recently had a moment when I realized the robot was plugged into the wall. I told my brother how stupid I felt for not realizing what was obvious. Now y’all have given me a new metaphor. Just pour the water on the robot!
This was so fun!!
I think there’s only one response to this…Fucking right!
“Just unplug it”
Aldous Huxley would argue the scary thing, and the problem, is that we don’t even want to.
Orwells dystopia of explicit authoritarian dictator is less likely than Huxley’s more insidious amusing ourselves to death