Ideas, Implementation, and People

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Our everyday interaction is with products and outcomes. Everything good around us is probably the end result of an idea, implemented by some people behind it. From the bottle that helps you drink water, to our constitution, is an end product of a combination of all of the above. When we argue for or against something, are we arguing against the Idea, the Implementation or the People?

An idea is a broad vision. It is abstract in itself. It is theoretical. Ideas have long term consequences in the world. Powerful ideas change our everyday world. The idea of democracy, completely changed in the world, for the generations that came into a world after it existed. The idea of a Social Network, completely changed how connected we are with each other. It is most often a solution to a problem.

Implementation is the execution of the idea. It the process that brings reality to that abstract thought. Implementation has to take into account the boundaries of reality. A good implementation will take into account both the benefit of the idea, vs the cost of the idea. The cost and benefit are not just economically but can go into the domains of society, environment, and other factors. The further you go in the implementation, it becomes less about the idea and more about the constraints. The constitution of India and the United States both promote democracy but are very different than each other. Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, and WeChat are all social networks but have very different implementations and granular problems they are trying to solve.  ..... 

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Exponential Growth

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Exponents are counterintuitive. When we measure change, in common life we are more often than not, looking at absolutes. We rarely in daily life, except some professional use cases track the rate of change. The difference in looking at linear and exponent is the difference between looking at absolutes and relatives.

During the current Coronavirus spread, this term has been going around. Yet the world seems to have not been able to comprehend the speed or scale of the spread of the virus. Most countries have underestimated the danger and the extent of the virus. In the initial days, when the numbers were low the intuitive sense had not imagined how the numbers will grow. A graph that now most people are familiar with

People who were able to plot these numbers and had done the research, including credible people like Bill Gates, were ignored. The reason for this still remains that exponential growth is counterintuitive.

This is not to say, that we don’t understand exponents. We look at exponents all the time. Everything big happening at the world scale is generally happening at an exponential rate.  ..... 

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