IN THE NEXT THREE CHAPTERS we will look carefully at nine “HighTech Myths,” each of which should sound familiar—perhaps even seductive. Each will be illustrated with claims from respected sources. Once we have this common understanding, the claims and the associated myths will be refuted.
In this chapter we look at the two most general myths that are “more powerful than a locomotive”: that technology change is exponential and that technology is inevitable. But like Superman, who was also supposed to be more powerful than a locomotive, these are fiction. Raising these myths out of unconscious acceptance and exposing their flaws should help you to recognize and reject them in the future.