For millennia, people would avoid speaking or writing the name of a divine or infernal being, for fear of summoning their attention. This is no longer mere superstition. I can draw the gaze of daunting people on Facebook, so I’m careful when I name them. As technology progresses, as we integrate more with our machines, the danger of invoking a being’s true name, whether in speech or writing, may become fully realized.

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