Legendary computer scientist Donald Knuth on “the strange kind of brain-organization” that marks “geekhood”:
The main characteristic is an ability to understand many levels of abstraction simultaneously, and to shift effortlessly between in-the-large and in-the-small.
In a world of exponential complexity, this ability has become the uberskill. Not just for technology—for law, business, and everything else.
Not a great ad, but I love Ozzy’s lament about the relentless march of technology.
Raise capital and get big fast like Amazon.com? (The “big bang” model.) Or grow organically like Ben & Jerry’s? For a discussion of the pros and cons of each model, see Strategy Letter I: Ben and Jerry’s vs. Amazon – Joel on Software. Required reading for entrepreneurs.
AT&T scripted the future in these ads from 1993. They said “you will” and we have.