The Paradigm Shift to Accompany The Advent of Cheap Computing

Today, it came to my atten­tion that a LINUX com­put­er, priced between $25–35, is now avail­able. This com­put­er is called the Rasp­ber­ry Pi.

It sure looks like com­put­ing is going to take on a whole new dimen­sion in the com­ing years. No longer are there going to be sig­nif­i­cant finan­cial bar­ri­ers to acqui­si­tion, mean­ing they will be every­where and clus­ters of extreme­ly cheap com­put­ers will add yet anoth­er dimen­sion to cloud com­put­ing.

I think this will mean that com­put­er tech­ni­cal skills are going to even­tu­al­ly be syn­ony­mous to lit­er­a­cy. Sure­ly com­put­ers and com­put­ing will con­tin­ue to evolve at a fever­ish pace, elim­i­nat­ing much of the unnec­es­sary human toil.

This means, those who aren’t will­ing to learn or adapt, may have a hard time in the future; per­haps rel­e­gat­ed to an ever shrink­ing set of occu­pa­tions, that require either basic dumb inter­ac­tion with a com­put­er or the few that are com­plete­ly in the purview of human cre­ativ­i­ty.

May­be we’ll one day have a soci­ety where writ­ing a script to auto­mate a task is as wide­ly known and com­mon­place as know­ing how to dri­ve a car.

I can envi­sion a soci­ety where we inno­vate and cre­ate instead of toil. If you can inno­vate a pro­gram or a machine to do your task, then you can cre­ate far more wealth and pros­per­i­ty than you can by spend­ing all of your time toil­ing and pass­ing the hours away with menial tasks.

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