Inspiration

The Future of Tech is an Uber for Everything

Posted July 6th 2016

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via Quartz

Our first impulse when we confront extreme technology surging forward in this digital sphere may be to push back. To stop it, prohibit it, deny it, or at least make it hard to use. (As one example, when the internet made it easy to copy music and movies, Hollywood and the music industry did everything they could to stop the copying. To no avail. They only succeeded in making enemies of their customers.) Banning the inevitable usually backfires. Prohibition is at best temporary, and in the long counter productive.

Change is inevitable. We now appreciate that everything is mutable and undergoing change, even though much of this alteration is imperceptible. Constant flux means more than simply “things will be different.” It means processes—the engines of flux—are now more important than products. Our greatest invention in the past 200 years was not a particular gadget or tool but the invention of the scientific process itself. Once we invented the scientific method, we could immediately create thousands of other amazing things we could have never discovered any other way. This methodical process of constant change and improvement was a million times better than inventing any particular product because the process generated a million new products over the centuries since we invented it. Get the ongoing process right and it will keep generating ongoing benefits. In our new era, processes trump products.