Note — Jan 20, 2019

Gradually, Then Suddenly

Seen in → No.63

Source → linkedin.com/pulse/gradually-suddenly-tim-o...

Let me double double caveat this in that it’s on LinkedIn and by Tim O’Reilly (good take down of some of his habits here Why is anyone listening to Tim O’Reilly?) but still, I like the “gradually and suddenly” framing and some of his items I agree with. (The rest of the world is leapfrogging the US; China and the transformation of Africa; The next agricultural revolution; Climate change; and The crisis of faith in government.)

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that AI will replace humans when it can be used even more powerfully to augment them. […]

Adam Smith’s other great book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, which explores the role of social norms as a check on self-interest. We must rediscover and reinvent those norms, or gradually, then suddenly, we’ll continue the descent into economic and political barbarism.