Mike Kayser, worked at Bolt, Beranek & Newman在博尔特，贝纳克和纽曼工作
In order to answer this you need prior agreement on what constitutes a good outcome.
If you think in the conventional way, as pretty much everyone on Quora does, you’ll say that a good outcome means economic prowess, as measured by indicators like GDP. In that case, the Chinese system of “firm and fast-footed guidance by winners of a somewhat meritocratic process” does seem to be doing great.
But there is another view on human history that is at odds with this perspective. In the alternate story, overpopulation and technologism spiral together ever upward until life becomes unrecognizably abstract, alienating, and dehumanizing.
If we consider this alternate story, we might believe that the fast moving society is the one that shoots themselves in the foot the most. Technological progress turns humans into abstract commodities and robotic consumers. We optimize “metrics” because it distracts us from the terrifying freedom of living our lives with clarity and authenticity. The end result is automated people who follow deadening routines, stare blankly into screens, and consume without feeling.
The society that is most captivated with optimization is the society that has most deeply lost its soul.
I don’t know which perspective is right. But I don’t believe it’s an easy question to answer.
s this a picture of marvelous advancement — or of a tragic alienation from reality?