The actual event horizon, which nobody anticipated, came much later. It came when machines started re-engineering our society in ways that prevented the emergence of fraud and short-sighted thinking. I mean, it was inevitable that algorithms would step in and stop us from hurting ourselves, but we were all looking in the other direction.

We had fixated on the media, democracy, and free speech, while the machines quietly improved aviation safety. After that, they moved on to healthcare, and after a few decades of minimizing human error in our hospitals, the machines had a colossal toolkit. They finally deployed sophisticated human factors and ergonomics systems on our economies and governments.

Use the comments to complete the following, “We a big company, millions of moving parts. We all work very hard to ensure those moving parts are ____.”

A photo of a large sculpture that illustrates an alternative to 15000 years of fraud, crafted by long now foundation


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