Technology is not simply additive; it is more often exponential. An invention usually triggers other inventions.

Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist .
kenneth bouldingThe “Meat” were there because of REAMDE, which had been present at background levels for several weeks now but that recently had pinballed through the elbow in its exponential growth curve and for about twelve hours had looked as though it might completely take over all computing power in the Universe, until its own size and rapid growth had caused it to run afoul of the sorts of realworld friction that always befell seemingly exponential phenomena and bent those hockeystick graphs over into lazy S plots.
neal stephensonAnyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.
Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.