♦ CHAPTER EIGHTEEN ♦Intelligent, Amoral, EvolvingThe hazards of persistent dynamic entities

Freed, as such bodies are, from the sure bounds to the schemes of individuals—the grave—they are able to add field to field, and power to power, until they become entirely too strong for that society which is made up of those whose plans are limited by a single life. —Supreme Court of Georgia, Railroad Co. v. Collins, 1929

EARLY MORNING AT THE Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. As I step out to the taxi curb, I feel a coolness in the air that I suspect will not stick around once that big Texas sun reports for duty. I have arrived on a redeye flight, and as I take a taxi into the city I imagine the inhabitants waking up and drinking their breakfast coffee. ...

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