In Stanley Kubrick’s classic film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the survival of astronauts on a space mission depends on a computer, the infallible HAL 9000. HAL relates to the crew in human fashion and keeps them safe until the chilling climax when he decides to engineer their murder by sabotaging the ship’s life-support systems. It is the quintessential depiction of the erosion of trust between man and machine.
They can’t let their populations know they’re doing it, but the leaders of several Gulf States are in high-level discussions with Israel over the overarching threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary,” someone once told hair stylist Vidal Sassoon. Sociologist Max Weber had another way to describe America’s devotion to work, coining the term Puritan or Protestant Work Ethic. Ben Franklin said we are what we wear. Here, we have always been what we do.