Incremental v.s. radical innovation: incrementalism makes forms that are likely to work because they’re based on what worked before, but are locked into the past; radical innovation creates new forms that are likely fail but in rare cases, change our lives beyond imagination.
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” — A frightful cliché, but perhaps it contains some interest. Naively choosing a picture over words is to avoid delayed gratification. An audience built thus will be fickle, in that they can always find faster gratification elsewhere.
Some philosophies and world-views seem to be incompatible by design: one tell is the redefinition of common words, which frustrates conversation and learning. The goal of incompatible philosophies appears to be the same as incompatible technology: a captive audience.
When lamenting how hard it is to communicate across divides, remember TCP/IP: this suite of protocols, powering the Internet, is essentially an agreement 1. to collaborate and 2. on how to do so, facilitating universal communication, despite language, nation and politics.
Reading Ted Nelson’s Computer Lib, I learned about what he calls “punch card brain”—victims can’t move beyond punch card limitations: characters per row, length of variables, etc.
Technology idea: user interfaces make it easy and quick to do common things, but they should also make it easy and quick to do rare but sensitive or urgent things, e.g. set your out-of-office message on email.
Joe Biden wins presidential election by a slim margin; wins popular vote and electoral college.
Philosophy Smell #5: “Astrolophizing”—making claims, or especially critiques, that aren’t necessarily untrue but that are so generic that they can be applied more or less to anything; see astrology.
In reading about the Kasparov/Deep Blue matches, I learned that human chess players and later Kasparov learned that one way to win was to play a restrained, even “boring” game, because the computers were strongest when under attack.
Consciousness is like a fractal: the areas (thoughts) into which you zoom (think) characterize what follows; the process continues indefinitely and you can change focus at any time. So, think about beautiful things.