The Corner

Good News and Bad

The good news is that rumors that Western Civilization has already discovered all the really cool tech are a bit exaggerated. Our long-promised jetpacks and hovercars are still a ways away. But at least pee-powered robots are right around the corner. The bad news is that the pee-powered-robots aren’t nearly as cool as I’d hoped. I’d imagined a scenario where when refueling​ Rosie the Robot or Hymie the Robot (whatever floats your boat) either would say to their owners ​something like, “This demeans us both.” 

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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