With digital technologies we’re still in the 20…

of course I’m referring to the 80/20. The management rule where 80% of the efforts get 20% of the results and 20% of the efforts get 80% of the results.

Elon Musk says self-driving cars are more difficult that he imagined, yet blockchain technology for money or transactions isn’t that hard, though it does have other hurdles like electricity usage.

It seems like the world has endless opportunity and that digital technologies will never slow down until we hit the singularity.

While that may be one outcome, another could be that we hit a wall. That we solve nearly every problem that gets 80% of the results with 20% of the effort. Then comes the remaining problems, that are the last 20% of the results, but 80% of the effort. The slow, heavy problems that are hard won.

We thought we’d have flying cars by now because we extrapolated the growth of technology endlessly. We’re likely doing the same thing, now, in this moment with computers and microchips.

I’m not saying this is a certainty, just that it’s one possible outcome.