Being highly interested in the concept of a technological singularity, I’ve often wondered how far off that is. A lot of people have of course weighed in, based on the rate of technological development in the world… but something seems off about that approach. Main problem being, between Moore’s Law and many informational structures in place already today, we should either have crossed that point by now, or should be nearly there, and that’s certainly not the case.

Then it hit me – our main bottleneck isn’t technical, it’s human. (This comes from a career in government work, where I’ve realized just how obtuse the people in charge of managing everything can be – and from observing the private sector, it’s not much better, outside of the tech industry.) So I decided to plot who’s how old at each point in time, based on what sort of technology was around them in their formative years, and as a consequence, how comfortable they are around each kind of technology, and how fully they can realize that potential. More