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When I think about why tech often fails to serve our interests, I think about rooms like this. So long as software requires large rooms of people staring at computers all day, every day, forever -- I think there will often be a mismatch b/t how we wish tech worked and how it does
Many hope to make technology serve us better by making it "distributed." I (controversially) don't think that would be the outcome, in part because distributed systems are usually *more* complex and difficult to reason about, potentially requiring even larger rooms than this one.
Like what if there were Uber, but "decentralized?" Maybe then all the money can go to the drivers instead? Okay, but so long as that requires huge rooms of people sitting in front of a computer 8hrs a day, every day, forever -- I don't think that version will be any different.
In all of the conversations that I've seen lately about how technology affects us and how to rethink the world we want, I haven't seen much discussion of software's crushing cost. Who's working on interesting/out there stuff in the area of making serious software cheaper today?
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