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Automation of Work and Implications for the Future

I’ve always loved great writing.  Many of the most interesting books for me were centered around considerations of large shifts in society.  My last post considered farming and gardening–Animal Farm by George Orwell is a symbolic look at communism (though as I’ve written before I think it can be expanded to multiple types of governance.) […]

Player Piano

After a month and a half of reading, I finished Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut.  It is a book about a future where everything is automated.  It doesn’t seem a dystopia, but it’s no utopia either. The world has been engineered to optimize all different tasks humans take on.  In time, this automation has rendered […]

Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter House Five

It’s good. It’s damn good. Vonnegut is new reading material for me, but I have to say that his voice is distinct and welcome. You can tell something is different with his style almost immediately. This book is about war. It’s about human beings and how silly we are.  Something there is eminently folksy and […]

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