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Gordon Burghardt, a psychologist and ecologist: “I have a friend who raised chickens, and he thought of them like family.”

George Gellert, a medical official, on his hospital’s practice of employing scribes to take notes for doctors: “This is literally an exploding industry, filling a perceived gap, but there is no regulation or oversight at all.”

Phillip Rogaway, a computer scientist and encryption advocate: “I don’t think you can have a healthy democracy without healthy journalism, and I don’t think you have healthy journalism without the ability to conduct a private conversation.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here)