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What is progress?

A nutshell guide in 6 easy steps

  1. A small group of smart people think up something that makes possible unheard-of feats, or at least makes heard-of feats much easier
  2. Larger groups of smart people start using it
  3. As the device or method in question spreads, understanding the use of it becomes a token of social status, and everybody wants it
  4. Commercial companies make lots of cash training people, or dumbing down the invention, or both
  5. The innovation becomes fool-proof enough to be useless to experts, negating its original purpose
  6. Go to 1

Computing is in stage 5 right now, the internet in stage 4.