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  • Courtney was deeply engaged in conversation with her fellow reactionary futurists at the Singulary Cafe. She was the lone woman in a group of a dozen men, all of them, including Courtney, mathematicians or theoretical physicists. As the fourth and fifth rounds of drinks appeared, the topic shifted from the potential for distributed autonomous organizations to replace all governments and private business entities to the the level of difficulty experienced by mathematicians in getting laid. I arrived just as Courtney began to turn red and sputtered "you think a great thing about women's increased presence in math and science is that they can be fluffers to genius?" I hadn't heard the entire conversation but I could deduce that it had something to do with women in STEM serving as comfort women to the men who would presumably be programming the robots that would replace humankind. For the first time, the idea of humankind being replaced began to seem like a pretty goddamned good idea.

    151 words and ten minutes of found fiction from the 15 January 2015 issue of Harper's (Come With Us If You Want to Live - Among the apocalyptic libertarians of Silicon Valley by Sam Frank)
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