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The speed of change

Moore’s law talks about the fact that computer chips get faster and cheaper over time.

It turns out that the biggest shift to our culture isn’t the changing speed of a computer chip, it’s what happens when we network humans together.

Adding more people to the internet has accelerated science, politics and every element of culture. The echos happen faster, the learning is exponential, and connected communities heat up and morph ever faster.

Science used to be a solo endeavor. A monk with some pea plants could figure out genetics. Today, there are millions of people advancing the work of millions of people, with new updates coming all day long. The problems are dramatically more difficult, but the solutions are possible because we’ve multiplied the speed of change.

Thinking of problems as things for individuals to solve is hopelessly out of date.

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