Thursday, October 2, 2014
Zero to One
Last night Peter Thiel plugged his new book.
It looks amazing!
The lecture was great. TheHackerCIO found Thiel in person to be as stimulating as he is in the many videos available interviewing him, such as on TechCrunch.
I highly recommend getting this book, although I've only made it through the first two chapters.
I think this is the only time I've ever recommended a book without having completed reading it. It's worth reading just for the Preface and Chapter One!
Peter defines technology as "doing more with less." In the lecture he expanded on this, pointing out that we have a big problem with our government at present, because every year it spends more money and get's the same or worse results -- for instance in Education. Which means that government (as it stands at present) is doing less with more. And this was not the case back even in the 1960s. He pointed out in the lecture that we could attack a problem like landing on the Moon back then. We could even declare war on Cancer. Today, no one can or will declare war on Alzheimers. It wouldn't poll well, and couldn't happen. We're unwilling to take on big challenges.
Peter says that "humans are distinguished from other species by our ability to work miracles. We call these miracles *technology*."
Again, get the book. Get it quick. And I'll try to post a more complete review when I've read it fully.
In the meantime, I Remain,