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Monday 7am

He's leaning against the door, dozing fitfully, when I arrive to unlock. I've been doing this job for three months, and that's long enough to diagnose the problem. Our surgery is two doors down from the pub. He got drunk, got in a fight, got his teeth knocked out. "Come on, Sunshine, up you get," I say as kindly as I can, hooking him under his arms to haul him to his feet. "We can't get this sorted until you let me open the door." I take him straight through to the spare surgery. It's Rish's day off so he can wait in there, away from the less smelly patients.

The dentist looks grim when she sees inside his mouth. "The roots are still in place," she says, "and they are abscessed". Her voice is muffled and her face obscured by the double masks we are wearing to fend off the smell of the alcohol. I've rung through to the…

We were all-powerful. Nothing affected us. Our invincibility and our immortality were hallmarks of who we were. We were also alone, but with the awareness that there were an infinite number of others. Those people were not where we could interact with them. The awareness of their existence, combined with our cold invincibility, became painful. Loneliness was the first emotion we experienced. So powerful was this emotion that we went to great lengths to resolve it.

We chose to become meat.

Lending credence to the idea of a "skin tone" filter is a particular news article from a while ago. As related on Gizmodo, British police officers tried to create a bot to search for porn but it kept sending back pictures of sand dunes. Presumably the skin tone filter of that bot did as bots do, and acted absolutely, without context or nuance. The story has become known as "Send dunes" (send nudes, send…

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