We hope to achieve some kind of immortality through our work. The reality is that after we’re done creating, it’s all largely useless. The legacy we try to create is never what we actually create. Our ambition is much greater than the accomplishment.
In the US we always try to make everything fit into a market.
But some things resist that treatment.
For example, if it were to snow two feet tonight in NYC, how would you treat that with market economics? When I go out my front door, would I have to contract with a shoveler to clear a path for me to the subway? But if I did that, the people following me would get the same service for free. So the natural thing is to pool our money and pay a shoveler to clear a path for all of us. That way each of us pays a fraction of what it costs. You can see where this is going. Pooling our money is another word for tax. It’s been given a bad name by persistent marketing, but it’s still a good idea, and for natural events like snowstorms, any other approach is basically unworkable.
I was doing some quick fact checking this morning for this post and came across this quote. It ‘tickled’ me.
To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness — I hope you’re getting this down.
I need to remember who wrote this – it appeared in my email one day. It resonated.
Big data and machine learning (is) all oriented to one type of intelligence or a western view of intelligence. Mimic the brain, no heart. Instinct defined via algorithm. Maybe we struggle against this because deep inside we know its profoundly dysfunctional.