Norman Macrae -The Economist pro-youth economist -bravo sir fazle abed & jack ma
I would love to hear from you if your area of study has greatest gamechangers - those of maths may have exponentially longer and most critical consequences for sustaining the human race -whether its man made systems make peace or war with nature -than any other profession (with possible exception of parenting). Quite a lot of jottings on von neumann below as I helped with some of the legwork research of my father's biography of von neumann (the father of modern day computing). I am sure -and welcome notes to post - email@example.com - from those who are more expert than I on einstein and turing so I will limit myself to very few observations on them (see right)
My first 7 wonders about von neumann-
1 childhood-early 20th c Budapest and his families as merchants who asked johny to join in small entrepreneurs creative challenges round the dinner table as he grew up -will such extraordinary genius nurture (communal open education by those who love child's own situation most) ever again be replicated?
2 search out what johnny meant by I became obscenely interested in computing (clue during the war to want to question future consequences of something made an official secret by top people is the obscene sense being referred to
3 search out how neumman prevented bit proincetoin and ibm from patenting his work- in oter words what did he do to be the first open source guy of 20th century?
4 Von Neuman said: once people are networked, it would be best if most patents had maximum 3 minths enforcement- this because to be at epicentre f knowledge network and have 3 months first choice of partners is already such a huge advantage assuming you value knowhow to better the human lot -do you agree with him
5 Von Neumann noted that a new wave of 1950s macroeconomsits the least trustworthy of all for the keynsian responsibiluty of designing (how to rule over) youth's futures. He noted macroeconomists academics are quite uncapable of clarifying what hypotheses are embedded in all their numericak models.
6 Johny last work sadly cut short by the cancer he got from nuclear experimentation was on the brain- i believe it show how much more programenable we are by what associiations we are subliminally trapeed in by those who order us most insted of helping us to openly explore- this has tragic implications if thise who nlicence media designers (their seizure of commons) are not always ahed of the game
7 von neumann was probably the last world class scientist in west to get funds to be free to research what his intuition led to next- and then not wholly so. Just think if his brain had been free to study photosynthesis instead of nuclear science, how peaceful and natural our wholeplanetcould be......................................................
einstein most exciting mathematical discovery -whenever any man made science or rules gets too crowded, you can innovate more value if you model at deeper more micro levels of dynamic interaction than professionals had previously monoploised over
in his long postal friendship with Gandhi, Einstein first valued how gandhi was the first person in modern history ( I dont know stories of gods well enough to know what they did) to help a next generation peacefully overthrow older generations that were empireing over them -how gandhi did that is something I'd love help on noting here; however even as Einstein cheered on gandhi as an example of a sustaining leader he pondered when technology requires all civilisation/cultures change at the same time because it makes all livelihoods more productively dependent on each other than separated-will worldwide youth be able to peacefully overthrow those governing monopolies by old rules (ones that cant sustain 7 billion peoples futures)
turing- my one abiding memory from school is of his valuation of recursion - this he proved humans will always be better at than computers provided they are free to be as curious in their media as recursion demands- for example one simple consequence of recursion is that anyone editing aw website should design this round the idea that the 12th iteration will be a lot smarter than the first - that means spending a lot of money with ad agencies on your first version is extremely wasteful; but its not just an issue of attractive messaging; the big question of recursion is do we have any tech wizards who are so brilliant that they can actually scale an audience and then make each version smarter for that audiences livelihoods to interact round- when you look atb whatever shouts loudest today about its social media power- ask yourself the recursion question. And link it to einstein's challenge. On that basis trillion dollar audit professionals and I would 90% of the biggest social media on the stockmarkets of 2014 will have no value in 10 years time - that's on the optimistic scenario that Jim Kim and other world record job creators propose millennials make their social movement now