Wednesday, September 28, 2016

On questions and answers............

     But the chief consequence of reliable instant answers is not a harmony of satisfaction.  Abundant answers simply generate more questions!  In my experience, the easier it is to ask a question and the more useful the reply, the more questions I have.  While the answer machine can expand answers infinitely, out time to form the next question is very limited.  There is an asymmetry in the work needed to generate a good question versus the work needed to absorb an answer.  Answers become cheap and questions become valuable - the inverse of the situation now.  Pablo Picasso brilliantly anticipated this inversion in 1964 when he told the writer William Fifield, "Computers are useless.  They only give you answers."

-Kevin Kelly,  The Inevitable:  Understanding The 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

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