You leave the room and go to the entrance where all the smart pictures are. You go tab by tab: energy consumption, waste management, food supply, … until you get to “general settings”, and there it is: “turn off the house”. You click. A sigh and a sense of decompression.

Brave soul, does thinking about a super-technological future cause you anxiety? Do you have so much self-control as not to go crazy in the hour of the wolves? Not even the Dalai Lama himself escapes the darkest darkness. Why do you deny a little help from your trusted robot?