In 2008, Google releases its first commercial Android device, as open source software.
In 2010, the newly appointed CEO declares: “Microsoft loves Linux.”Intelligent people have feelings, after all.
Stupid people have feelings, too, which is why they get easily impressed by new toys, such as Tinder or Pokemon Go.
Besides, in spite of what the Free Software preaches, they do not really grasp the difference between free as “free speech” and free as “free beer”.
Who really wants to resist the promise of eternal growth, after all?
The contradiction between coding and eternal growth persists, but the new externalities, such as programmed obsolescence, social engineering or cyber surveillance, are still hidden at the eyes of the digital citizens.
It is not only the appropriation of an open source methodology that changes the game.
The more powerful hardware become, the more software can exploit new killer features, such as data mining and, in a near future, quantum computing.
The means of production become mobile, and freely available in everyone’s pocket.
Economists have feelings, too: they love Karl Marx.
And they prove their love by embracing his linear vision of history: the digital revolution will replace the industrial era, like the industrial era replaced agriculture.
Futurism becomes the dominant narrative.
If an ugly teenage geek makes an app in his garage and the day after becomes multibillionaire, why can’t you?
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