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  • (Verbatim) " [a certain machine] has suggested a tag for this photo:'CHANGING LANES WHILE BUILDING CAREERS' -Would you like to approve this tag request?"

    well. no. But you've put me to think...

    Seems I have here a multi-part object lesson in technology, one we live anew in each generation: [1] We remain hopeful and even officially convinced that machines (not people) can suggest things. hmmm. When it senses I want coffee and delivers that, then perhaps I will believe. [2] What we see as "machines" really are not. They are not inanimate.

    Their decisions are first decisions in the minds of people - moral decisions - which are then translated to code for a machine which is trusted implicitly. The one you formerly called nerd is now today's coolkid, vaulted all the way up to determining your social and social media life as he writes code based on HIS particular style and morality. And he does it in the dark, with no customer service - ever: do refrain from your whining for magical 'real people.'

    Quite a promotion for code, though our friend still likes the term 'nerd.'I do know personally a dedicated codeman who can't wait to give you style lessons, too. He just told me this: You can't stop it. I did ask how I might correct whatever thought leads to such a suggestion as the brewed career. He just wrote a few more lines on me, about me.

    I couldn't get him to understand (he was in machine mode)
    why a brother like me
    (who snapped his two feet on a stroll)
    would fail to see
    a "Flattened Beer Can in the Street"
    as a "Building Careers" motif.

    "I done seen that career, already," said the man underneath the bridge.
    "It don't pay so good."

    Thanks, Code.
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