Open Questions for the World at Large


I keep making a mental note of setting up a series of posts in the style of McSweeney’s, but all I’ve got so far is a modern day un-“fairy tale” swirling about in the shallow parts of my brain…  I’m pretty sure it’s been done, but I wish I had an algorithms doing this type of checking for me.

 

Are early-stage startup employees just a glorfied version of the unpaid, liberal arts intern?  Given a generous statistic indicating that 9/10 startups fail, how are these two opportunities much different in the average case?

 

The End of the Future” by Peter Thiel indicates a general sentiment that is beginning to creep into my own thoughts.  

 

I keep waxing back and forth on whether the global economy is headed towards a major depression or towards high inflation.  It seems without doubt that the world has reached peak oil, global warming, and maxing out what institutional structures were intended for i.e. the Eurozone currency crisis.   

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  1. bytex64
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 05:33:45

    I don’t think the startup/intern comparison is fair. A lot of people working for startups *are* getting paid, usually with VC money. The eventual payoff may be similar, but it’s hard to say. When you succeed at a startup, you sometimes win very, very big.Yay, another fucking doomsday article. While Thiel’s article has some cogent points (like the stagnation of real wages), what it says to me is not that we’re in a progress rut, but rather that we were absolute *shit* at predicting future progress. We quite simply promised things that weren’t possible. We’re not able to have that kind of wild-eyed optimism anymore, and instead we have to see the world through realistic, sober eyes. That’s a good thing. It means that there’s hope for us actually finding a sane plan for recovery instead of kickstarting another bubble. But we’ll probably just stand around bickering about it instead.I also dislike the idea that science and technology are our saviors, and that progress will eventually cure all that ails us. It’s disingenuous because it assumes that if we pour money into science and technology, solutions will undoubtedly result. Progress is not some unstoppable, infallible machine. It’s just humans. We get derailed by emotions and mired in argument. There’s no reason to believe we won’t just make things worse.

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