We Have Leverage

Day 026 Week 04 Q1 Saturday, January 27, 2024

A musician can set up a basic recording studio in their home for under $1000 instead of paying $500 or more per day to hire one. An author can prototype a book in under a week, getting a box of 100 of them for under $1,000. You can file the paperwork in person to incorporate a new business in most states. I have personally done this in NY, CA, and MA in under a day for under $100. You get a business license and file a DBA even faster and for less. You can even write your own patent and file it with the patent office for $200.

Most of this is due to the democratization of technology, which Wikipedia defines as the process by which access to technology rapidly continues to become more accessible to more people. During my life, the cost of computing has dropped from millions of dollars to tens of dollars, and this has seeped into almost every aspect of the creative process.

The tools we now have access to are unbelievably powerful in part due to Moore’s Law, which, by the way, is not a law of physics or engineering but mostly psychological law which began as an observation made by Gordon Moore, one of the founders of Intel, that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit (IC) roughly doubles every two years. This observation became a projection, causing the semiconductor industry to continue to find ways to achieve this.

There has never been a time in human history when ordinary individuals were so leveraged. If you have ever had an idea about some new direction to embark upon, now is the time to try it. Humans are excellent at adapting. For better or worse, if we were not terrific innovators, we would have perished as prey instead of becoming predators. We are all hard-wired for creativity and innovation. Although many of us forget this, it is our birthright, and at this very moment, we have access to more tools, knowledge, and know-how than ever before.