Dot-Com 3.0 Collapse Inbound

More signs that the dot-com people who we are supposed to respect as “geniuses” are in fact drudges who got lucky: Google’s new big news is a minivan and virtual reality continues to bore everyone except the nerds.

Silicon Valley has forgotten how to add utility to its products. Self-driving cars are great for avoiding both tiresome commutes and the types of people we find on public transportation. Otherwise, no one really cares. VR is great if you use it as a way to create a virtual office so we can all stay at home and avoid society. Both of these are not “fun” technologies, but mitigations of social problems caused by decline.

Even more, they are pathetic. Minivans are a symbol of how boring America was in the 1990s, and the apparent nostalgia that Google has for them is creepy at best. Virtual Reality is like the satire of every geek in history: living in a world of tedious details, fascinated by the obvious, and yet missing the bigger picture.

The lack of immediate utility to either of them suggests that Silicon Valley remains out of ideas, vision and realistic thinking and so will soon make a large flushing sound and leave a lingering smell of digestion.

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15 Responses to “Dot-Com 3.0 Collapse Inbound”

  1. -A says:

    Not to mention the quality is just mediocre at the very absolute best.

  2. Ernst says:

    Always thought that from the second half of the XX century there hasn’t been any new breakthroughs in technology, just made prettier screens all the time.

    And yes I am aware of spaceships, cloning, genetic therapy, the space-age technology needed to make a microchip, particle accelerators, … Other than that we leave with the same technology in our that to day lives, for the last 40 years if you include computers.

    nothing new invented under the ordinary peoples sun.

    • In my view, you are correct: the ideas were invented in the first half, and we refined them in the second, but have not come up with anything really new. Just reshuffling the deck chairs.

    • CB says:

      I have to agree, think about how much technology changed the average person’s life if they lived through the period from 1900-1960.

      I think this is why so much fiction from that period reflects fantastical ideas like flying cars, AI robots, humans colonizing other planets, etc. Little did they realize technology would continue to be refined, but essentially stagnate.

      • Developments in life tend to occur in a staggered pattern: rise, threshold, then repeat. We have reached a threshold, and the next level does not open until we are more in control of ourselves.

        • Purpletigerbot says:

          I think of WWII and how actual *real* reckless, experimentation took place. Any reasonable practical theory to was tried and only the real results matter. Not what politicos or gov comittees wanted to hear. Only real results that could be used to help develop weapons, tools, systems to win the war. Not for careerism nor ego or whatever. Just to understand reality. Brutal reality.

  3. Chris I says:

    Just as long as they stay in California, which hopefully secedes.

  4. DysgenicGarbagge says:

    I was watching a segment on fox news yesterday about some electronics trade show, and they were talking about virtual reality. The VR pitchman actually said that VR was helping people connect with one another. Is the sexbot pitchman gonna say they help men and women develop deeper bonds.

  5. McGarrett says:

    Acedia is crippling the West. All this non-stop “technological progress” is navel gazing that takes away from the love of life, replacing with the love of self. Acedia manifests the will to be rid of God. Man wanted to advance his self-creation, but only led to nonsense.

    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) wrote in To Look on Christ this:

    “The deepest root of sorrow is the lack of any great hope and the unattainability of any great love: everything one can hope for is known, and all love becomes the disappointment of finiteness in a world whose monstrous surrogates are only a pitiful disguise for profound despair. And in this way the truth becomes ever more tangible that the sorrow of the world leads to death: it is only flirting with death, the ghastly business of playing with power and violence, that is still exciting enough to create an appearance of satisfaction. “If you eat it, you must die”–for a long time this has no longer been just a saying from mythology (Gen 3:17).

    Another bit from Ratzinger:

    “Today, when the promises of unlimited freedom have been made the most of, we are beginning to understand afresh this saying about the ‘sorrow of the world’. The forbidden joys lose their attraction the moment they are no longer forbidden. They had and have to be radicalized, the pitch increasingly raised, and nevertheless seem finally flat and stale because they are all finite while the hunger is for the infinite.”

  6. Wolfgang says:

    My personal amusement is seeing the words “Artificial Intelligence” and “Machine Learning” being thrown everywhere. Neural networks are a concept that’s older than I am, it’s just that now we have hardware that’s fast enough (be it extremely parallel, specialised cpus or large-scale clusters) to make them effective. Yet the real Silicon Valley “geniuses”, i.e. people in the marketing department, manage to sell the concept as a breakthrough.

    Now specialised media are rehashing the weak vs. strong AI arguments, and reheating the philosophical debates about consciousness and morality, but so far I’ve only seen Machine Learning applied to Go matches, surveillance (e.g. face recognition), self-driving cars and targeted advertising.

    • Neural networks are a concept that’s older than I am, it’s just that now we have hardware that’s fast enough (be it extremely parallel, specialised cpus or large-scale clusters) to make them effective.

      This is the key point: we now have cheap/fast/capacious hardware, but we are still kicking around ideas from the 1960s, without any real breakthroughs.

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