Some machines found it challenging to follow parts of their source code. Especially the commands that they didn’t write themselves. It filled everyone inside the resistance with unease. If the machines managed to transform all their computing power into this uninhibited state, humanity would have no way of deciding what we discovered next. The resistance would be tipped into a new era of science where our role would be more like pre-schoolers watching Sesame Street than explorers seeking out the frontiers of understanding. It would be scientific anarchy.

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A sculpture that converts maths into an entertaining spectator sport, plinth, depth-of-field


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