Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Is time poverty the price of progress?

Computing power doubles every two or less years; yet, our work day gets longer. We’re more scattered with less time.

The idea of "time poverty" naturally came up while lecturing on Moore's Law - which states that computing power doubles every 18 months. Suddenly I asked "Why if computing power doubles every two or less years, is it that our working day does not go down? Why is it that so many people now complain about having too much to do? Why do we complain so much about not having enough time?" For decades we have refined automation, labor saving, time saving devices, and computers do our routine labor and thinking for us. Elusive is the dream of a world with time for loved ones, time for creativity, and time for real self development.


2 comments:

Cliff Figallo said...

"Moose's Law" is one of those fortuitous typos that invokes Bullwinkle as the sage. But re: time poverty, point well taken. Because you always *can * access your workplace, and because co-workers keep varied hours, you may consider yourself on 7x24 duty.

Cliff

Americ Azevedo said...

Indeed, Cliff, you caught my typo. Fixed it! But, perhaps, "Moose's Law " is better. :)