Today’s world is one where all of our information is increasingly locked behind centralized services, and mined as training data for large machine learning models.
A better world is possible though, and we first glimpsed it in the mid 90s, with the release of an unassuming update to Microsoft Office that changed our conception of virtual assistants forever. His name is Clippy, and I have a copy of him loaded onto a computer chip embedded in my body.
- Through curiosity, imagination, and a little bit of DIY work ethic, we can build software in a way that trades off the complexity demanded of by highly-scaleable systems, in favor of locally-scaled, purpose built augmentations to our lives.
- Anybody who has ever looked at modern software and thought, “there’s no way it needs to be this complicated.