A question I have is whether the pandemic will mean a slow-down or pause in tech-innovation?
Innovation in part is based on serendipity, on the pseudo-random meeting and interaction of people, ideas, skills, capital etc. Now we've had a year of reduction of movement and social dynamics.

@ton My worry is that, due to the same lack of unscripted interaction you mention, people will become more radical.

For example: people used to have more opportunity to try out their conspiracy-theories on their co-workers, who then had a opportunity to talk them out of those.

But not only for conspiracies, I think this will push everybody into a slightly more radical version of their pre-socially-distant selves.

Kinda like the YouTube recommendation-funnel is also already doing.

@kingannoy yes, good point. I've noticed that on FB in spring, which led me to finally delete my account completely. Seeing what you describe happening in parts of my circle of friends.

@ton nope. Not even going to slow down; if anything, it will speed up.

Contrary to popular belief, people did not stop interacting in 2020. If anything, there was more, especially of the random unplanned sort, as people who never used to leave their comfort zone started interacting online.

Also, the pace of tech hasn't slowed. The builders are still building - this year, they're at an even faster pace.

@Downes the building I've seen (and mentioned in the link). The random unplanned interaction you see having grown bc more 'introverts' entered the mix? How would one go about trying to see such effects, and in which data?

@ton I love how my answer in Mastodon shows up as a comment on your blog post. Can you describe how you did that?

@Downes it uses Webmentions. I post from my blog to mastodon, and checks my mastodon (and twitter) for responses and sends them to my webmention endpoint. Posting to mastodon i do with a wordpress plugin, webmention is also a plugin.

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