Accumulating wealth is hardly an achievement of human progress. Wherever there is trade and resources, it is statistically inevitable for someone to be better suited to exploit a market, whether it's a royal patriarch, a general, merchant, etc. Driving a car is not an abstraction, but aside from being dangerous if performed badly, it really isn't particularly difficult. It involves allowing the car to move forward, avoiding collisions, and making turns according to whatever location is programmed into it. It's not as if they have a preference of where they want to drive. > > The improvement of manufacturing in the 20th century was orders of >> magnitude more significant. >> > > Which would not have happened without computers. > Huh? I wasn't thinking of the last 30 years of the 20th century, I was thinking of the first 50. No computers there. I have nothing against computers, I'm just no longer holding my breath waiting for the marvelous changes ahead that have been promised for decades. Computers were much more exciting in the 1980s than they are now. Mainly we have internet browsers in need of constant updates. Yay. Craig > John K Clark > > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msg/everything-list/-/KG_jc9iBvAIJ. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.