Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Does anybody notice anything weird going on here?

Scenario A: Transport in Cities


In 1951 New York city traffic looked like this:




And two generations later in 2011 it looked like this




Scenario B:  Electronic Transport


In 1951 a computer looked like this:




And in 2011 it looked like this:




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What's the point?


To get a grip on this striking comparison, a first step might usefully be to take note of the fact while Scenario A has steadily declined world-wide over the last two generations, Scenario B has seen an unimaginable increase in efficiency and sheer power on the order of trillions of times.

Now some may conclude that this difference is a result of the fact that we have not applied enough technology to Scenario A.  I would beg to differ. It is because we have not applied enough brains.

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