Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category

The Really Smart Phone – Changing Our Understanding of Society

April 24, 2011

A very interesting – and possibly scary – WSJ article on how the massive amount of data created by mobile devices is being used by scientists to better understand how individuals make hundreds of decisions each day.

One of the failures of liberalism/socialism/etc was the belief that a group of really smart people in the government could figure out exactly what millions of people needed and then use government policy to deliver those needs.  This was always a fallacy since there is no way – except for God – for a smart person to know exactly what millions of people need and want.  It’s just impossible.  Thus, liberalism fails.

But, enter the smart phone.  It tracks your every move, knows things about you, knows who’s around you, and can prompt you for more information.  Take all that data and run it through massive computers and human society gets a little clearer.

Now, I’m not making a change in political philosophy because we are just scratching the surface here of understanding individuals much more.  Plus, even if someday we could know everything about an individual’s needs, we’d still need angels working for government to not abuse that information.  THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.  Humans are not angels.  We cannot trust government bureaucrats with that power.

But, this is an interesting – albeit a little scary – step into the future.

iPad fingered as job killer by Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr – Really?

April 18, 2011

Railing against government inaction to address the problems of 13 million unemployed Americans, Jackson turned his attention to Apple’s self-described magical device, one of which the congressman recently bought. Jackson said the device “is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs.”

I haven’t researched this story more – maybe there’s more context to it, but if it holds, are you kidding me?  Now we have liberals and members of Congress complaining about incredible new innovations destroying jobs?  How backward and regressive is this?  While the iPad might have destroyed jobs at Borders, it’s created thousands of jobs in high tech and IT fields.

Creative Destruction…it’s a good thing.