I am convinced that no computer, no matter how powerful, will ever be able to purposefully innovate an artistic breakthrough like Hip Hop; or a commercial one like Instagram. Breakthrough creativity is fundamentally organic, not algorithmic.
A woman walks through a busy mall. Tears distort her vision. Grief guts her. She feels invisible. A part of her is gone and will never return. A stranger approaches her and looks at the woman's swollen red face. "Can I help you?" The stranger asks.
The whys, whats and hows of human existence, from the mundane to the existential, are now being asked in the Google search bar, countless times a day. These seven Google Autocomplete questions show a sliver of these.
That is because the nature of the intellectual terrain -- the authoritative story of where we came from and who we are -- lies on the contested turf of human kinship, and everybody thinks they own a piece of it.
Invariably, it goes like this: lift, ski, repeat. Lift, ski, repeat. Lift, ski, repeat. The most variable part of the formula -- the part most liable to be different each and every time -- is the lift.
Christ insisted on the oneness of all humanity. And if we truly understand that we are all one, that we are truly brothers and sisters, there would be no yawning chasm in the health care afforded the rich and the poor.
There is nothing wrong with money and power in themselves. They have driven an economic system that has largely banished abject poverty and infectious disease (from the developed world, at least). But the lust for material success is also wrecking our quality of life.