Self promo: “Slaves to our Machines” in Wired

Wired just published an essay of mine, in which I argue that humans are slated to become “USB plug-ins for machines”:

As our machines get smarter and faster, our much-vaunted creative powers may not be so valuable. What’s more useful, in man-machine systems, is our flexibility – our ability to deal with periodically messy, wrenching situations. We won’t be doing the brain work; we’ll be doing the scut work.

If that doesn’t entice you, I should note that the article also discusses robotized horny male teenagers being used as sex-slave workers for spambots. Heh.

(Update: I got some very nice and smart feedback to this piece, which I’ve posted on the blog here.)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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