It’s scary, lives with a executioner virus that is entirely upended “peoples lives” for who knows how long. It’s very easy to feel helpless in the face of it all, to throw up one’s hands.
Don’t do this, says Marc Andreessen in thoughtful new paper published today to the site of his jeopardize house, Andreessen Horowitz. In it, he advocates for building something — anything — that moves culture forward from here. To” reboot the American dream .” he writes, it is very important to” ask more of our political leaders, of our CEOs, our industrialists, our investors. We need to demand more of our culture, of our society. And we need to demand more from one another. We’re all necessary, and we can all contribute, to building .”
Andreessen notes that much of the technology has already been make. He foreground living, education, manufacturing and transportation, observing that many of the tools needed to massively accelerate each into a luminous brand-new future had existed, but that it’s easier to stick with the systems that once performed us well than enlist the collective will to uproot and replace them. He attributes the problem to a lack of” hunger. We need to want these things. The trouble is inertia. We need to want these things more than we want to prevent these things. The trouble is regulatory captivate. We need to want brand-new companies to build these things, even if incumbents don’t like it, even though they are simply to magnetism the incumbents to build these things. And the problem is will. We need to build these things .”
He’s right, of course, but we’d cherish something better prescriptive from Andreessen, who has largely retreated from public idea in the last couple of years and whose 20,000 -foot view is inspiring hitherto also, we hope, only a starting point.
What civilization would seem to need right now is not top-down advice but a bottoms-up approach. The acces to solve problems is by breaking down big challenges into little bits. Someone like Andreessen could really lead now, by talking more explicitly about how current technologies can and should be used to achieve purposes we need to meet right now, in particular with regard to: come coin into the mitts of people who need it faster, use business knowledge to gather information from ER physicians in how they are managing Covid-1 9 cases, and help the country’s governors with equip chain management.
Andreessen argues that America, specifically, need to see a tireless thrust. That reality can’t be clearer than right now, he writes , noting that,” We don’t have enough coronavirus tests, or measure fabrics — including, amazingly, cotton swabs and common reagents. We don’t have enough ventilators, negative pressing offices, and ICU bottoms. And we don’t have enough surgical concealments, look shields, and medical garments — as I write this, New York City has put out a frantic call for rain ponchos to be used as medical costumes. Rain ponchos! In 2020! In America !”
It’s an appalling state of affairs, one ride predominantly by our political organisation, Andreessen observes and — unsaid by Andreessen — the fact that the U.S. has the highest income inequality of all the G7 people, with more wealth accruing to a relative microscopic number of beings every year, an ever-shrinking middle class, and ballooning poverty.
But one thing at at time.
What we really need right now is the Covid-1 9 equivalent of the Manhattan Project, and the work requires Silicon Valley to lead it.
If Andreessen wants to help on this front, we’re all for it. We’re listening.
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