Soon, everything will be simple. Free. OK, not free, but approaching zero. Wal-mart’s ‘reducing prices every day’ signs might, eventually, be true. What is happening in goods (food, a notable exception) is that innovators are making more things, better things, faster and cheaper. All the time. But is cheap, or free a good thing?
Cheap energy. That’s good. Cheap information. That’s good too. But doesn’t cheap energy encourage consumption of more? Wouldn’t expensive energy push people better to use less, burn less, waste less? I think it would.
Does cheap information – not just news, have value? When it floods toward us free (or nearly free) like never before, isn’t more, better and faster overwhelming?
I’m a news/information/trends junkie. Love to know what’s going on.
Would I pay a fair price for a credible party to sort/parse/prioritize what I want? Not saying free isn’t valuable, but if it is free, do I trust it, do I value/use it or just set it aside so much that flows my way everyday …?
Back to ‘better’. What defines better? More accurate, or more appropriate? Would be great to have both.
I’m thinking – once a day, a single email with the latest and greatest news/links from all sources, just one source brining all sources together, filtering out what I don’t want, customizing it for me, prioritizing if for me based on my preferences … ah, now that I’ll pay for. I don’t know if it exists. If not, maybe I should create it. Perhaps the future is already here …
If someone built a better mousetrap, should it be free, open-source, and efficient?
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk with Gusta: 13C/56F, sunny and calm except for pesky Magpies; Gusta calm and walking slow. I’m not calm – I’m agitated, tired, thinking about too much … it’s ‘take a break’ day on several fronts while ‘staying on top’ of too much – I need a better way!
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