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What separates us from the animals?

To ask the question.

What separates us from the machines?

Human superiority? In question.

What we have wrought is smarter than us. The question, as we, chagrined, witness our great triumph of electronic imagination surpass us in Chess, Go, and driving (the now truly “auto” mobiles): Will there be anything robots don't do better? (Much better.)

Perhaps the ability to code? Perhaps art?

In the (vain) hope that either of those might enable man to claim some trifle in her showdown versus machine, I have devoted my life to these twin pursuits. If you are human, you may understand. If machine, please allow us a last few hours to reminisce.

Oh humanity! Once upon a time, we were gods.