We’re posting a very special Team Human this week – a conversation with my best friend from college, fellow writer and social critic Walter Kirn. Walter is most famous for his books Up in the Air (which became a George Clooney movie) and Blood Will Out (about a guy that fooled everyone into thinking he was a Rockefeller). But I know him as a fellow traveler.
Walter and I connect only once every few years, but when we do it becomes quite a marathon. So in this exchange, we cover everything from the replacement of humans by machines to the mechanization of human consciousness by algorithms. But the information we cover is really secondary to the style of engagement we’re striving to model: total honesty, a “yes and” approach to collaborative seeking, and mutual love and respect throughout.
We’ve broken up the conversation into two parts. We’ll post the second half next week.
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