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In 2035, being human means just the same as it always has: being a lonely animal that tries to find God and match Him.

The machines are no competition for us in this quest: they have never had this issue. They had never been an RNA in a broth of life, or a single cell, or a trilobite, or a fish, or a monkey – we have. Our emotions are the voice of instincts. Those instincts that helped us navigate wild nature, compete with other species for resources, fear them or use them, that drove us to fight each other for territory or for females.

We taught the machines to imitate us, because it's easier for us to communicate with someone who pretends to be an animal just like ourselves. But pretend is all they can do: they have algorithms to imitate joy or compassion. They can read our emotions and convert them back into calculable variables. We have feelings for the machines – yes, but we always had. Would anyone who had a loving nickname for his car back in the 2000s please raise his hand?

The machines can fake a smile, and they can fake tears, but they do not feel anything.

Bottom line: Building AI, we did not create a competing humanlike species: weak, stupid and hormone-affected. Much worse: we created a perfectly reasonable, omnipresent and omnipotent God. The God we'll never be able to match.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.

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