@oluseyi Whoah. I just realized that I said 'best case is that it will be like New Jersey'. Let me take that back. I'm pretty sure there was a South Park episode where they showed New Jersey taking over the world and it was truly frightening. :)
@oluseyi I suppose it depends on how the economy develops between now and then. If the Nigerian economy really booms, it could end up like a kind of New Jersey. Maybe it'd import food, but lots of places do. OTOH, if it stagnates that would be awful.
@johngordon I was reading a book recently which talked about how Colombus sailed at the dawn of printing. That he was among the first generation or two where even non-princes could afford to have a private library.
@johngordon One lesson I learned about tech from reading 'The Box' is that it is only really useful when the world changes to adapt to it. Even the printing press was only gradually more useful over time as literacy increased, for example.
@johngordon Or you could argue that it was just another kind of PDA. That it took PDAs a few decades to become really useful and common. Just like it took that long for televisions to become useful and common. And iPhone was just inflection point.
@johngordon For instance, you could argue that the iPhone was transformative. That it launched a category of device that took over the world in just a few years and changed how everyone interacts with it.
@johngordon For most tech, you can typically slant it either way. Emphasizing either how big of a change it was or emphasizing continuity. The only exception to this rule is the washing machine. Now that was a real revolution. Nothing else comes close. :)
@johngordon It is often hard to really grasp how fast things were changing in the past. It is reasonable to argue, for example, that sanitation systems, running water, washing machines, and electricity made a bigger impact on living than Internet/Mobile.
@johngordon I've never read that book, but it sounds familiar. It would be interesting to see how things stack up compared to a 1984 perspective. :-) Alas, there is no Kindle version. Might be too much trouble to get a physical copy. Bah. :-)