We human beings are fascinated with what is happening RIGHT NOW (i.e. Hurricane Harvey) and blind to the forces behind what is happening. These forces are accelerating beyond anyone’s capacity to fully understand or respond.
Friedman says, “One of the hardest things for the human mind to grasp is the power of exponential growth – – – what happens when something keeps doubling or tripling or quadrupling over many years and just how big the numbers can get. So whenever Intel’s CEO, Brian Kzanich, tries to explain the impact of Moore’s Law – – -what happens when you keep doubling the power of microchips ever two years for fifty years – – – he uses this example. If you took Intel’s first generation microchip from 1971, the 4004, and the latest chip Intel has on the market today, the sixth generation Intel Core processor, you will see that Intel’s latest chip offers 3,500 times more performance, is 90,000 times more energy efficient, and is about 60,000 times lower in cost. Intel engineers did a rough calculation of what would happen had a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle improved at the same rate as microchips did under Moore’s Law. Today that Beetle would be able to go about 300,000 miles per hour. It would get 2,000,000 miles to the gallon and it would cost 4 cents!!
Read Friedman’s book and you will be thrown out of your bed and slammed on to the floor as you confront the acceleration of technology; the acceleration of inventors collaborating; the acceleration of global warming; and the acceleration of the global economy.
Friedman connects all of them in a way that makes it possible for thinking human beings to take actions on the scale demanded to reverse global warming!!