We're not even a calendar month into the presidency of Donald Trump and it's already more backward, bleak and bizarre than anyone could have ever imagined.
It would be tiring to rattle off some of the things that have happened, but if do you want to take a trip down memory lane Buzzfeed has a running article on all Trump's ridiculous statements, actions and beliefs.
There is something deeply surreal about what is happening in the US right now, not least the way many members of the establishment are still acting as if everything is normal.
But it is quite clear Trump is not normal and his presidency, however long it lasts, will feature all kinds of bizarre decisions and missteps, from the environment and banking, to national security and education.
And these actions drain time, energy and effort from those in politics, business, law, the media and society at large who are constantly on the back foot dealing with his latest ridiculous statement or action.
That this is happening is worrisome enough, that it is happening in 2017, when history has surely shown us enough that authoritarian leaders rarely advance a nation's interests and instead line their own pockets, is downright depressing.
And to top it all it is happening, and could happen until as far into the future as the end of 2020, at a time when humanity stands ready to usher in some of the most profound technological changes to society in the last 100 years.
Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, automation, the Internet of Things, drones and so on - these all have the potential to change our world in ways that will have a profound on how we live our lives, not just in the US but across the planet.
As such this poses huge questions around the policies and laws that are needed to govern their safe use, from protecting consumers to giving businesses guidelines on how to operate.
Usually governments, academics, laws, the media, would debate, inform and explain about such issues, helping inform the laws and policies that will be needed to ensure they enter our lives smoothly and safely.
Of course other nations can set their own laws and policies, but the technology driving these changes is all coming from the West Coast, and the speed of innovation means what may seem sensible one year is outdated the next.
Close engagement between those inventing the technology and governments that have to consider their wider implications has never been more vital.
But the actions being taken by Trump threaten to both undermine and, perhaps worse, overlook these huge changes and force those who should be focused on these issues to deal with his daily tantrums and erratic actions.
Like it or not America, for now at least, still leads the world on matters technological. This was true enough in the era of the PC and has only become more pronounced over the last 15 years with trends such as smartphones, cloud computing and big data all disrupting our lives.
But the impact AI, self-driving cars, the IoT robots and the rest will have will go far beyond anything we've seen so far.
If the powers at the top of the nation responsible for these developments are more interested in peddling fake news or claiming the media does not report terrorists attacks that are actually widely covered, it's not going to end well for anybody.
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