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Over the Edge

"We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth."
Vernor Vinge, The Coming Technological Singularity

My dad told very few stories during our childhood, but one of my favorites went like this:

A wealthy Frenchman (all Dad's stories were set in France where he grew up) lived in a mansion at the top of a mountain. Needing to hire a new driver, he scheduled an interview with the three best chauffeurs in the province.

"The road to my villa is steep and narrow," he said to the first. "How close can you drive to the edge of the road without going over?"

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