a better job of being happy

NewAmerica

Senior Member
Mandarin
Whose better job of being happy? The robots'? Or We humans'?

Thanks in advance

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The precautionary principle should lead us to behave as though there is a real danger—a danger we should take immediate steps to forestall. Unless, that is, we think robots could to a better job of running the world than we can. And a better job of being happy and increasing the sum of sentient happiness.

By John Horgan on August 10, 2017

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  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The robots.

    You could read the two sentences as one: Unless, that is, we think robots could to a better job of running the world than we can, and a better job of being happy and increasing the sum of sentient happiness.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    SNAP!

    It has to mean the robots, according to the syntax. In both instances the word "better" means the same – a better job than humans tend to do.

    Unless, that is, we think robots could to a better job of running the world, and of being happy and increasing the sum of sentient happiness, than we can.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    That's just a matter of style, though. (I quite like it.) Once upon a time it was frowned upon to start a new sentence with a conjunction but it's very common these days.
     
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