Without imagination, things were only as they appeared – and that was blindness. Things were more than they appeared, so much more. When he considered an oak tree, it was not just a tree. To someone small, like an ant, it was a whole landscape of rugged barky cliffs and big green leaf-plains that quaked when the sky was restless, a place of many strange creatures where fearsome winged beasts could pluck and devour someone in a blink.

I wonder how Japan’s futuristic robot doctors will treat the worst and most widespread disease humanity already has – artificially lowered IQ. Making people stupider makes them buy more stuff – so “How many robots can you afford?

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