Quotable (#4)

Andrea Castillo gets concrete about acceleration:

The first thing we need to understand is that technology is intelligently accelerating faster than most humans are discovering sustainable comparative advantages in production. (Most) anything you can do computers will do better. The regenerative salve of creative destruction cannot save us as it has before. Blame Moore’s law. Ray Kurzweil illustrates with the parable of the inventor and the emperor: Delighted by his presentation of a fabulous new game called chess, the emperor giddily implores the proud inventor to name his reward. The inventor requests that one grain of rice be placed on the first square of his chess board, two grains on the second, four grains on the third, and so on, doubling the preceding amount on every subsequent square on the board until each is filled. Puzzled, the emperor complies, initially deeming this request too modest before gasping at the final mountain of rice that towers above the throne. The emperor, like so many of us, was fooled by the sleepy dawn of an exponential function. Only when the grains reached the second half of the chessboard was the punchline clear to the enraged monarch.

Whatever people (Left and Right) want to say about acceleration, they better hurry up and say it.



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