The Soylent delusion and the folly of food-hacking


My takeaway from Soylent is this: You can’t simply hack humanity into a more optimized version of itself. Our needs and drives have been shaped by millions of years of co-evolution and won’t be engineered away by a coterie of coders — no matter how much pedigreed venture funding they secure.

Because, in the end, even the most powerful code can’t reprogram the squishy, gloriously inefficient realities of the flesh.

And reader, that’s not at all a bad thing.