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This addictive free paperclip game is also a terrifying lesson in how artificial intelligence will make us unnecessary

I haven’t gotten anything done since lunchtime today because of “Paperclips,” a silly free game you can play right in your browser. “Paperclips” casts you as the overlord behind a paperclips business. It starts as a weirdly compelling time-waster — but it’s not long before the subtle, postmodern horror of the whole thing sets in.  At first, it’s all very hands-on. Every time you click the button, you make a paperclip. Your goal is to make paperclips as fast as you can, and price them at a level so that demand doesn’t wildly outstrip…

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