We all know the famous quote from Arthur C. Clarke: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” And Teller, the magician, says “Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably expect.”
I think both of these statements are true, and truer together. You can build sufficiently advanced technology simply by spending more time on something than someone might reasonably expect. I think a lot of the magic we see in the products we use is really that more than random strokes of brilliance. When I look at how we can make progress on the future with technology, all I see is that more significant investments of time need to be made on every detail.
For example, the new game consoles have really...