A good friend of mine sent me the following quote from Jack Canfield:
“Think of a car driving through the night. The headlights only go a hundred to two hundred feet forward, and you can make it all the way [home] driving through the dark, because all you have to see is the next two hundred feet. And that’s how life tends to unfold before us. If we just trust that the next two hundred feet will unfold after that, and the next two hundred feet will unfold after that, your life will keep unfolding. And it will eventually get you to the destination of whatever it is you truly want, [simply] because you want it.”
This was originally meant for a description on life, but I suspect there’s a technology analogy here. We do keep probing for new ways of doing things, we can’t actually see the world in ten years time, but we can see it tomorrow and we can make snap guesses or inferences about the next 100 yards just beyond the reach of the headlights. The success of this analogy will depend on whether you believe the ultimate destination is in our own hands and we can collectively, perhaps by the power of the crowd choose where we’re heading or is it already pre-ordained the to some optimal structure?
Perhaps a corollary of this is to ask if crowds can be influenced or does it have a mind of its own?