The word “applications” in physics needs to become a dirty word again, physics is about inquiry, useless, poetic inquiry, it isn’t about applications. When Faraday was asked by the mayor of his village what the point of his studies in electromagnetism were, he told him that surely one day he would find a way to tax them. Faraday was mocking the mayor, but his machines are now mocking us. These silent senseless creatures curving the spine and numbing the mind. The point of physics is to do and think beautiful things, it isn’t to make a GPS controller so that we can get to our kitty parties faster, it isn’t so that we can become more and more impatient, incapable of thinking for ourselves, of being bored. The machine is the slave, let us not forget that, as Oscar Wilde said “Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralising. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.” Indeed we must enslave the machine, not become machines ourselves, human beings aren’t supposed to find applications, applications should find human beings, if and when human beings have the time for them.