Carlos Leyva

Silicon Stories

Chapter 9

What Comes After What Come Next?

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Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine?

'Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here.

We satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds

in the name of destiny and in the name of God.

—The Last Resort, The Eagles Hotel California

What comes next is the relentless push of the next wave of technology that will surprise us in novel and interesting ways. The ingenuity of the American experiment will continue to amaze and inspire. But even that pales in comparison to what comes after what comes next— the emergence of the grand American Renaissance. A renaissance of the Americas led by America. What started with Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman and others will soar to heights never before seen or imagined. The stage has been under construction for well over two hundred years. The audience is now seated and the actors are pacing backstage, as we wait in anticipation for the show to start.

And when the show starts you can bet your ass that enabling digital technologies are going to have a starring role. We are at the beginning of a revolution and a renaissance. Forget the naysayer and the pessimist expounding endless nonsense concerning productivity paradoxes. Let them wallow in their own shit. There is nothing that they can do to prevent the train from leaving the station.

There is no virtue in being uncritical; nor is it a habit to which the young are given. But criticism is only the burying beetle that gets rid of what is dead, and, since the world lives by creative and constructive forces, and not by negation and destruction, it is better to grow up in the company of prophets than of critics.

—Richard Livingstone

I should be using the final chapter of this text to summarize my brilliant theories (if you find them please be kind enough to drop me an email and point them out: presented in previous chapters instead of prognosticating and exposing myself to the ridicule of my friends, peers and other sane individuals. Instead, I have elected to rant and rave about various and sundry topics that are of interest to me. Hey, it’s my book; I can do whatever the fuck I want!

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