Growth Capitalism
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Chapter 8
James Adrian
      Napoleon once said that the world is ruled by imagination. This truth is available to any investigator. The imagination of others accounts for most of the changes we experience, and our own imagination allows us some predictive capability and gives us some influence over the future.

      Fears, mostly mild fears, are major impediments to imagining a large fraction of the real possibilities. Most people stop listening whenever you talk about remote or indirect outcomes.

      A while back, a couple of guys in a garage decentralized automatic computing. Only main frames were available at that time. They put desk-top computing in the hands of people of ordinary means. These innovators may not have fully appreciated decentralization as the factor most responsible for their company's growth. My reason for suspecting this is the following: They used their success to attempt a new instance of centralization. I believe that if they used their influence to decentralize every technology they could reach, they might have had franchises, partnerships, and wholly-own facilities in every city in the world.

      If that had happened, there would be a great many more productive companies in the world, far less centralization of resources, and a larger fraction of workers working for themselves (as opposed to being employees of very large companies).

      At the moment, decentralizing automation is an extreme need. When done, it will be profitable; however, it will place the instigators in a position to substantially help decentralize every other sort of business.

      I recommend a dynamic business plan that does not have all of the managers murmuring "focus, focus" in their sleep. If you don't think it is your business, what is it doing sitting in your lap?

      You may think from all of this that I would advocate some kind of disorder. Actually, I believe that the first rule of a good dynamic business plan is this: Reach for what you can easily reach that is consistent with your values. Do not overreach, but do not leave everything to the next generation either.

      The next step is always a function of the type of human beings with whom you can cooperate. If all people cared about the wellbeing and happiness of everybody, finding good people would not be much of a problem. Things being what they are, the selection of people is as big an enterprise as marketing.

      I looked for robots in the largest department stores, both online and on the street, and found only toys. They don't have angle sensors either. I would seek to market soft robotics in all of them.

      Much needs to be anticipated. Interested parties are waiting to help the cause while helping themselves.