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It is the tradition of humans to hold a distinct intellectual advantage over machines. This started to change with the dedication of ENIAC 1946.

Being the first programmable computer capable of more than one task, it could change based on the instructions a programmer gave it. Suddenly, programmers were staring into a room with 150 feet wide machines, flashing and rotating based on their instructions. It was a moment of awe. If before machines were just there, being, they were now doing. And we told it what to do. With power comes bias, though, and tools started planting the promise of intelligence in their programmers, a fallacy that exists to this day. ENIACs grand visions are only naive only with the benefit of hindsight.

Our natural inclination is to pass properties to our surroundings—especially systems we don’t understand or know their inner workings. Think of the last time you spoke to your car, TV, or game console. Being social, it can be reassuring to dialogue with objects. It eases this dissonance, but more importantly, promotes the option of magic. The romance that anything could be more significant than the sum of its parts is mathematically wrong but true to life.

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