Star Trek: The Next Generation S2 E6: “Data’s Fucked Up Beard Part 1”
The dirt’s stopped falling. You can’t hear anyone talking anymore. It’s silent, except for the sound of your breathing. You just got buried alive. Bet you’re rethinking one or two of your decisions, huh asshole?
Happy Buried Alive Day!
This about covers it
Split Landscapes / Faroe Islands 2
I believe most people like the azure of tropical ocean washing a warm beach, and that is pretty, I know, but it doesn’t move me the same way as a cold ocean. I love the dark grey blues of the North Atlantic, especially the open sea miles from land. It is dark and powerful, and it calls to me. Something to do with where I was born.
But mostly the Lego one. D’aww…
In reading books like the rather banal Race Against the Machine and articles in the same vein, I was struck by an underlying assumption in much of what is being said: that all “non-creative” work is destined to be taken over by automation. So the anxiety around jobs reduces to anxiety around how creative computers and robots can get, and whether there is enough leftover “high-end creative work” to go around for humans.
Defining “creative” is an interesting challenge, but beside the point.
This is because when you actually poke at what people think of as creative — the broader universe around prototypical categories like fine art, rock music or programming — you realize they don’t really mean creative. They mean sexy. The “creative” attribute (whatever its subtle definition might be) is actually an optional extra. Push comes to shove, that’s an attribute people are pretty willing to give up, so long as the four key attributes are preserved (easy to enjoy, easy to learn, easy to value in a status economy, and easy to integrate into an “authentic” social identity).
In other words, we’re more afraid of machines taking away our social status than our jobs. This might seem like an obvious point. After all, most status-conscious people have strong feelings about what work is “beneath” them, but with machines in the picture, the point gets considerably more subtle.
Working in science vs not working in science.