Jean de la Bruyère, 1688
Will Durant, The Lessons of History (1968), originally from The Age of Louis XIV (1963)
In The Information Diet, Clay Johnson mentions an instance of social anxiety about new technology:
Electricity came with a set of critics, too: the electric light could inform miscreants that women and children were home. The lightbulb was a recipe for total social chaos.
This doesn’t strike me as an unreasonable opinion.
Perhaps we should be less anxious about technology. I’m not very excited about drones and wearable technology, but who knows…maybe they won’t be as bad as we think.
Nassim Taleb, Antifragile
Charlie Munger, USC 1994
The irrational exuberance in technology investing reaches a new high. Here’s a founder talking about his new pile of millions:
“We are not trying to generate return on that raised capital,” said Mr. Tolia of Nextdoor. Instead, he said, his company’s latest venture funds would be invested in money market accounts and left all but untouched.
And here’s the perspective from VCs:
For venture capitalists, allowing portfolio companies to take on more funding means their existing stakes can be diluted. But since these big rounds often lead to much higher valuations, many investors don’t mind.
Oh, I get it—tech company prices always go up. Just like house prices.
(Source: The New York Times)
Some things really rub me the wrong way, particularly when it involves ‘progressive’ and ‘open-minded’ thinkers who can’t see past their own biases.
Critics of Brendan Eich brand themselves as progressive and open-minded thinkers. Some of these critics are now asking for Eich to step down as CEO of Mozilla.
They’re doing this because their new leader has an opinion they don’t like.
Is that how we’re going to roll now? You’ve got to have progressive perspectives on social issues in order to be the CEO of a multinational company?
This entire discussion is taking society backward.
Bullying people into thinking what goes on in your head is superior is not progressive, regardless of the position and issue.
Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a Republic
Robert A. Heinlein