The Ever Growing Resource comment

You know, all our natural resources are diminishing over time; oil, gas and so on. But computer processing power, storage and network connectivity is increasing exponentially.

Is our ability to take advantage of this resource increasing at anywhere the same rate? I wouldn't say so. One way we can start to really take advantage of this power is to get rid of the notion of 'ease-of-use'. It's patronizing and unhelpful. Sure, when sitting on the coach watching TV, you don't want anything complicated to get in the way of the experience, but sometimes, when you are doing your, well, knowledge work, an intimate knowledge of sophisticated tools are the only way to experience your work in a rich and productive manner.

You can read more about this point above, in the Computation section of the "A brief history of information" article.


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