We were delighted to bring back pointy headed AI researcher Blaise Agüera y Arcas. The last time he and Dan chatted it was about the coming of the sex robots. Today, they chat about human sexuality. In his new book “Who Are We Now?,” Agüera y Arcas took on an ambitious survey of thousands of people using Mechanical Turk to learn how the sense of our identities has changed over time. It turns out, we’re way weirder than you would think.
They talk about the vast increase in people who identify as queer or trans, no matter what age they are. As people have less children, are we “reproducing” ourselves through shared identities and memes?
They talk about the queer umbrella, non-binary identity, “social contagion,” city vs. country folk, tribalism and a ton more.
Who Are We Now? is available for pre-order at Hat & Beard Press.