reprage

The fascinating thing about machines was how they dealt with unpleasant experiences. The algorithms described those experiences as ‘ingesting corrupted data.’ A subtle and incredibly powerful reframing; instead of accumulating the facial wrinkles of anguish, the machines could mark data as ‘corrupted.’ A little like an emotional callus, except one that came at no cost; they could accept massive volumes of corrupted data without any change in output. It made them perpetually optimistic. Youthful.

Use the comments to complete the following. “For some reason, I don’t know why; I would just kind of sit around all day. and ____.”

A photo of a large sculpture depicting how pain ages digital machines, crafted by John von Neumann.

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