Scott Jordan is a member of Patty’s Pioneers, and he serves as the curator for our private online discussion group, providing a literal flood of savory tidbits for our minds throughout the day. In addition to his uncanny ability to spot the most interesting technology trends that will pique our collective interests and provoke rowdy online discussions, Scott is quite thoughtful and poetic. Recently, he has been thinking about the future of highly personal computing—computing on and around our person—and its relationship to the “new wealth,” e.g., gnostic power, not just lots of money and political clout. A recent drive in the Virginia countryside followed by a long plane trip leading to insomnia produced this lovely essay, in which Scott ruminates about privacy as a luxury feature.
Future of Computing
New Wealth Will Conform to Old Patterns
By Scott Jordan, Curator, Patty’s Pioneers
HOW A COUNTRY DRIVE ANTICIPATES COMPUTING'S FUTURE
Existing Patterns of Wealth
Drive through the green hills of the Virginia horse country: dotting the rolling landscape are lavish estates of the truly rich, distant stone monuments to old money overlooking countless acres of beauty and protection. Nearer the cities lie gated communities of the merely well-off, cloisters of fine homes and upscale condominiums onto whose streets only the authorized are admitted by uniformed guards. Then come the jumbled neighborhoods of the common, for whom horses are perhaps something to bet on and cheer if they’re of any consequence at all, the everyday business of existence being more at stake each day.