Regularly, in both professional and personal settings, I have the opportunity to discuss accelerating technological change. For the most part, the persons I talk with have heard of Moore's Law and agree that technology is advancing rapidly, but few demonstrate an appreciation of the ramifications. Often, in a single sentence, they'll tell me both that they understand that tech is changing rapidly and that they don't expect the change will have many practical consequences for their business or personal lives within the next decade. Most of us are comfortable anticipating a rate of change that reflects our past experience, but that's almost certainly poor planning. Our intuitive assessment of the extent that technology will change is almost certainly wrong.
2011 is a good year to watch "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "2010: The Year We Make Contact" for the first time, one year after the second and ten years after the first was supposed to have transpired. I enjoyed both films and recommend them to anyone that likes science fiction. 2001 may also interest anyone that enjoys the artistic side of film-making.
Some people don't like ideological labels. They don't like their perspectives being categorized, for whatever reason, good or bad. I'm not one of them. I'm comfortable with labels, and I don't mind being categorized. Of course, it's a mistake to think any label perfectly describes my perspectives or those of any other person, but labels are still valuable as shortcuts, so long as we don't mistake them for anything more than approximations.