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Why slow progress is more dangerous than fast progress

Yup, I agree. And the best way for that would have been faster progress of safety technology, IMO.

Why slow progress is more dangerous than fast progress

Thanks for the reply!

This text is short, so more nuances could be added. But I touch on the things you mention:

I think the general angst over one technology plowing ahead much further than the rest is exaggerated:

"Of course, giving Caligula a nuclear bomb wouldn't be great. But the risk of one technology progressing much faster than the general level of knowledge is low. Innovation depends on earlier innovation. There is a reason the Romans didn't have a Manhattan Project. If we increase the rate of innovation in one area, it will spill over and increase i... (read more)

1jasoncrawford1yI agree that “one technology plowing ahead much further than the rest” is unlikely, but I don't think that's the issue. To return to your seat belt example: seat belts were invented and widely deployed only after cars had been around for decades. Car technology got way ahead of car safety technology. That's the sort of pattern I think we should reduce in the future. I like the Deutsch quote and agree.
How is progress correlated with energy intensity?

Thanks Tony. Currently reading his Energy: A Beginner's Guide =)

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