What a ridiculous article. Who the heck is Mike Moran? Somebody who forgot to take his Wellbutrin? Obviously he knows nothing about chaos theory or the laws of complexity, which in large part delineate the progress of technology (as well as biological evolution). Take the lowly bicycle as an example, as Stephen Jay Gould did in considerable detail. The bicycle is a piece of technology. When the idea of the bicycle first broke into the human psyche, there were all kinds of very weird models - one had a great big wheel in front, another had a great big wheel in back; I mean, you had to have a ladder to get on the thing! There were all sorts of designs. (Gould compared it to the biological evolutionary Cambrian Explosion.) Before long, the designs sort of converged to the most reasonable style, more or less, and from there, smaller improvements continued to be made, and smaller improvements continue today. But then you have a Harley Davidson, which is rather a quantum leap in the "bicycle" genre. Anyway, that's just how technology goes forward. It's not linear.
Ha! Now, that's sayin' something!
Originally Posted by mike alexander
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.