Motivations to read

May 12, 2011

George Gilder’s Microcosm: The Quantum Revolution In Economics And Technology

This post is about a book I came to love

I read ‘Microcosm: The Quantum Revolution In Economics And Technology’ about 4 years back. At that point in time I did not know who George Gilder was. Although I do not have the same views about other things as Mr. Gilder, the book itself is pretty much consistent with what has happened, what is happening and what is going to happen in the near future. The underlying theme of the book is simple, we are going to have better and richer PC’s/computing cycles and we would find new ways to ‘waste’ them. The term ‘wastage’ is taken with the creative pursuit of the trial and error methods humans use while finding uses of technology. From a very Indian perspective, its similar to making a Bollywood movie, you take a script, take few actors, a directory, a lyricist and a producer. You take the mixture and you churn out a movie and hope it will be a hit. 80-90% of the time the movie would be a failure (I know I’m being generous) but with satellite television rights and what not most of the movies achieve break-even within a year or two. The remaining 2-4% are the mega hits which keeps others trying to duplicate that success or give their own spins to it.

There is also quite a bit of technical language given in the book. The reading level I would say is ‘Intermediate’ to ‘Advanced’ . The book made me regret that I did not join Computer Science as I would have definitely got more from the book.

Alas, we cannot get everything we want 😛


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