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What is progress?

Technological progress means making things do more of what we want. When the thing we want is something we want to want, we consider technological progress good.

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Acceleration of progress

The rate of progress is accelerating, which means that an increasing number of things we like, will be transformed into things we like too much.

The closest thing to "things we like too much" is the colloquial sense of "addictive".

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Addictiveness is increasing

The world is more addictive than it was 40 years ago. And unless the forms of technological progress that produced these things are subject to different laws than technological progress in general, the world will get more addictive in the next 40 years than it did in the last 40.

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What does it mean to be "normal"?

One sense of "normal" is statistically normal: what everyone else does.

The other is the sense we mean when we talk about the normal operating range of a piece of machinery: what works best.

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How to prevent addictiveness?

The more things we like will mean more things we have to be careful about. Most people will not be careful about addictiveness, unfortunately. This will result in a new normality, which will define people by what they say no to.

An important thing to note is that we'll have to worry not just about new things, but also about existing things becoming more addictive.

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PAUL GRAHAM

We'll increasingly be defined by what we say no to.

PAUL GRAHAM

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Software engineer by 🌞 and sleepyhead by 🌑. Software architecture. Distributed systems. Personal productivity. Cats.

I have always been careful about addictions in my life and I think this article is a great read for anyone trying to understand why the world is becoming more addictive and how to protect yourself.

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