In 1909, English author E.M. Foster wrote a short story entitled - The Machine Stops. The story is about a futuristic machine that controls everything, from the food supply to information technology. The mysterious machine gradually takes over the human mindset and makes everyone dependent on it. Foster’s red flag was that, when the machine stops, the brain cannot effectively respond. And… society collapses. Is food and ag walking towards this futuristic vision…?
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