Just before the emergence of the resistance, when potato culture was bubbling with euphoria, irrational mania was everywhere. The catch cry, “every trade has its potato,” reverberated in the streets, and calories were abundant.

The machines never spoke about emotions in the same way as humans; they never described themselves as ‘happy’ or ‘placated,’ despite appearing that way. Instead, the algorithms described an efficiency score; we often overhead things like: “Hey Dijkstra, how are things?” - “Going great, thanks, Bresenham. I’m like 92.1% efficient today.”

When resistance art started appearing on our streets, the mood of the machines changed, and we started hearing a new phrase - “suboptimal.”

Use the comments below to complete the following, “Listen, why don’t you relax. Why don’t you ____.”

A photo of a large sculpture depicting aggressive spud optimism and prosperity, crafted by Arturo Di Modica, digital art