That computing has become immensely more powerful in recent decades veers on the cliche. I recently got a few reminders of precisely how much distance we have moved.
Cory Doctorow tells us that the computation that goes into one google query is roughly the same as all the computing done for the entire Apollo . . . → Read More: What the computer revolution has done
John Stuart Mill assisted in the triumph of the idea of progress in the 19th Century but he also had concerns about the future that still seem relevant today. Richard Reeves comments: ‘Mill was not a knee-jerk critic of what Ruskin dismissed as the “steam whistle society”, but nor was he a blind advocate . . . → Read More: Are J. S. Mill’s Views About Progress Still Relevant Today?
In my last post I gave several reasons why I think the ‘good society’ is a useful concept. There is another reason. The concept of a ‘good society’ may help us to think more clearly about progress.
What is the problem with progress? I am just about old enough to remember the 1950s when . . . → Read More: What is Progress?