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 powerful graphical capabilities. But when you look at some of the graphical content in the games, we...
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