The resident faculty left a flyer announcing the release of Humans 2.0 outside the mail room. We hope it was a clue. (More)
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This leaves the flyer announcing the release of Humans 2.0, left outside the mail room by the resident faculty as they made their way from the
wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.
Professor of Astrology Janitor was thrilled by this announcement, as he hoped Humans 2.0 would be less messy. The Janitor Professor of Astrology was less thrilled, noting that Humans 2.0 might not want Bippiescopes and adding that the messiness of Humans 1.0 is why the Professor of Astrology Janitor has a job. Predictably, the two of him began arguing. Meanwhile, Chef wondered what foods Humans 2.0 would like, Pootie the Precious asked if Humans 2.0 would clean the litter box more reliably, and your lowly mail room clerk pondered whether Humans 2.0 would write better letters.
To answer these questions – and settle the argument between the
Professor of Astrology Janitor and the Janitor Professor of Astrology – the Squirrel powered up his Blewberry and began searching for the Humans 2.0 release notes. He found articles at LiveScience and the Guardian, and a BBC video, speculating about a “Humans 2.0” that uses computers and robotics to transcend the limits of the human body. But the idea of Resident Faculty Droids spawned gales of laughter and the staff quickly agreed that was not the likely meaning of the resident faculty’s clue.
“What about yesterday’s Weekend Reading?” your lowly mail room clerk suggested. “A comment hinted the resident faculty might pursue one of those articles.”
The Squirrel nodded and tapped away for several minutes, while the
Professor of Astrology Janitor and the Janitor Professor of Astrology debated which of his jobs was the clearer example of Bastiat’s Broken Window Fallacy.
Just as the staff feared things might get out of hand, the Squirrel pointed to a Boston Review Forum where writers from several disciplines and ideological backgrounds discuss whether and how how markets and morality can coexist. Do people become more or less kind, more or less generous, more or less civic-minded when more of our interactions are monetized through market transactions? Where are the limits, and how should we decide? Do markets produce Humans 2.0, or might they stop Humans 2.0 from evolving?
The staff hope the resident faculty will discuss such questions later this week. If not, we’ve misread their clue and they’ll probably beep and burble like R2D2….