Virgo wrote:kirtu wrote:The speed of advance follows Moore's Law: every x time, the computational capacity of a computer system roughly doubles.
Hi Kirt, the point is the more opportunity people have to make money for coming up with new technologies, the faster they will come up with them. Why? The desirable reward is worth their time. If things aren't worth a persons while, that person will not pursue them enthusiastically unless the person has to. Capatalism, in a free market economy, is the most supportive system for that, imo.
That's what capitalists think. Creative people live to solve problems and produce stuff (this can be dangerous). For them money is irrelevant beyond a point, which actually isn't too hard to reach, as long as necessary resources are taken care of. Solving problems is itself the desirable reward. This is how many people in math, computer science and some engineering actually think. Capitalism can actually get in the way.
BTW - the otherwise libertarian oriented software entrepreneur Paul Graham agrees with me in his essay's in his book "Hackers and Painter's". Steve Jobs certainly did as well which is why he grabbed people like Wozniak, Herzfeld and many others who would work essentailly for nothing just in order to solve problems.