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Social Structure and A.I.

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A.I. held so much promise for a better, more just world... During the first 20 years of what you refer to as the 21st century, artificial intelligence was being used to resolve all kinds of common, everyday tasks from vacuuming your home, to providing regular deliveries of groceries and supplies, to answering your customer service inquiries.  All of these conveniences allowed for more leisure time for everyone, disrupting the persistent but outdated gender roles in the home (cooking, cleaning, taking out the garbage, etc). 

As AI took on more of everyone’s daily work tasks, people were thrilled to spend more time with friends and family as they pursued interests and hobbies instead of a 40-60 hour work week. Even A.I. designed to meet sexual needs provided a unique opportunity for humans to rethink their gender identities and romantic relationships in positive, supportive, and transformative ways. In fact, the downfall in our social structure came less from AI, than from the human desires that directed how A.I. functioned in our world. Those very human biases limited possibilities. 

Over the next few years AI reinforced power structures that raised up their creators, your Silicon Valley tech industry, resulting in a wealth of time and money only for a very select few. Those outside of the elite no longer had access to any kind of income. Most people were unable to access the resources needed to create safe and comfortable living spaces. Family structures expanded out of necessity, helping to provide both physical and emotional security, but decisions about who to include within families (especially when to have children) often became fraught due to frequent breakdowns in food and water supplies outside of the elite communities.   

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