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Algorithms reward conformity; humans are different by default.

Covid was a wake-up call. We’re alienated from each other, our work, our institutions, even ourselves. In early Covid, as my wife and I were exiled in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, I thought this was a crisis that would reignite our connection to each other as humans. I remember in April 2020 watching the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sing “Amazing Grace” from an empty plaza in front of Milan’s Duomo, with cameras panning the empty streets of major cities worldwide. It was a reminder of how much we had already lost, with far more loss to come, but tinged with hope that a better world would emerge. Over the weeks and months, I kept thinking we’d learn something about ourselves. The pandemic brutally made clear we didn’t appreciate humanity nearly enough.

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