Human technologies have evolved orders of magnitude faster than the human brain has.
I think you're conflating genetic evolution with cultural evolution. I believe some human cultures have evolved at (or close to) pace with technology and some haven't. Cultural evolution involves increasing awareness of the (let's call it) limitations of genetically derived behavior and attempts to accommodate for it. Some human cultures may not be enough to ensure survival. It remains to be seen...
rather than the State Representative's cousin Bubba Gump or this guy from the Sunday school class
Hiring could be a revolving door with industry or whatever buzzword and acronym (see summary) generating criteria the industry uses - their management often isn't much better. Managers who poorly manage large projects still have that mystical experience. Same goes for the company.
it wasn't intentional
It was also somewhat out in the open. This goes beyond Mrs. Clinton's actions and points to wider gross incompetence in the State Dept's IT management.
changing the character limit to find some sort of sweet spot
I think the sweet spot is the maximum tolerable size of a broadcast message competing, as it were, with others. Like a smartphone, too small leaves out too much and too large is too unwieldy.
Work your way up to VP of Search at Google
Yeah, no. That's kind of the next step before Profit! I've never been fully clear what unique contributions these types make on their "way up" that in any way justifies their compensation. Especially the higher you go; was there really no other person who couldn't have accomplished the same thing for less - a lot less?
Indeed, what takes 30-40 hours/frame to render has changed significantly since I was peripherally involved in the field almost thirty years ago. Rendering is one of the few areas that really need all the computing resources you can provide and fortunately it's able to leverage parallelism.
I don't know how much cleverness is used -- things don't change that much in 1/24th of a second -- but I'm guessing there's still a lot of brute force computation. Directing becomes more critical in these efforts as the actors are essentially digital automatons -- hence the "human innovators".
Linux came too late to overthrow the Microsoft incumbency which had been around for something like ten years, dominating the business market that defined desktops which in those days were relatively expensive for casual home use. (The desktop business market was essentially handed to Microsoft by IBM.) The chance for *nix was lost early in the fighting between System V and BSD (which spawned Linux) and the shortsightedness of AT&T (which was far from alone in ignoring desktops).
There was no equivalent incumbency for smart phones which is why Apple and Android were able to compete more successfully. It's always been and always going to be too late for Linux since the desktop market has matured and even shrunk somewhat with the increasing functionality of smart phones.
less electronics in places where the value is dubious
I think we're seeing one facet of the internet of things which in this case has become a problem of a solution in search of a problem.
I want human chefs/cooks/servers
We all can't live in Downton Abbey. I vaguely recall as a kid reading that in India it was cheaper to hire a person to wash your dishes than to buy a dishwasher. Automation isn't the issue, overpopulation is.
robotic kitchen preparing food without any human oversight/intervention
We've had vending machines on the low end for quite some time. To be sure I still prefer talking to a server rather than the touch pads replacing/reducing them at some restaurants but I'm sure I'll get used to it. And I'm pretty sure there will always be an option to obtain the human, um, interface. Hopefully it'll be less common you'll have to pay more for it.
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