The future offers very little hope for those who expect that our new mechanical slaves will offer us a world in which we may rest from thinking. Help us they may, but at the cost of supreme demands upon our honesty and our intelligence.

Norbert Weiner, “God and Golem, Inc.,” 1964

Even the father of cybernetic theory realised that the meeting and subsequent entanglement of human and machine consciousnesses would be a process that would require discernment rather than assumptions.

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