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How to become a feudal lord with hundreds of servants for $99

Our image of a medieval king is of somebody with hundreds of servants waiting upon His Majesty. Today, for $99, you commoners can get a much larger and better group waiting upon you. You will even have dead servants working for you – (1) Sumerians from 3000 BC (2) Babylonians from 2000 BC, (3) Egyptians from 1850 BC (4) Indians from 500 BC, (5) 7th century BC Romans, (6) 18th century Austrian musicians, (7) a 19th century professor from Lake Como. Living servants of yours have learned valuable things from the dead servants and added their own service. Your living workers come from (8) New York, (9) Dallas, (10) California, (11) Japan, (12) Taiwan, (13) Singapore, (14) Democratic Republic of the Congo, and (15) China.

This remarkable $99 service plan is contained in a small object called an iPhone.

It has contributions from all of the above, such as (1) the sexagesimal system (60 minutes to an hour and 60 seconds to a minute), (2) the calendar and the 24 hour day, (3) arithmetic, (4) decimal numerals, (5) the Latin alphabet, (6) Mozart and Haydn tunes, (7) Alessandro Volta, inventor of the electric battery, (8) the retail store where I bought my iPhone, (9) AT&T headquarters, (10) Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook (11) the screen, (12) circuit boards, (13) the chips, (14) the mineral coltan used in cell phones, and (15) final assembly

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6 Comments

  1. Yes, the TI are revolutioning our world, but the important is not to fall in the technological determinism which these days is again booming, as is the case of my country, Colombia where they are starting to create policies to encourage investment in this sector, rather than creating incentives to encourage development and as also Mr. Xala i Marti would say (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuwWY39MVBQ), rather than think of investing in ICTs, it should motivate all people, children, teachers, parents, to be innovative in every aspect of his life.

    Posted July 22, 2010 at 12:45 am | Permalink
  2. Ted wrote:

    Just a further demonstration of the understated fact that the capitalism has been far more beneficial for the poor and middle class, rather than to the rich as it is so often argued.

    Posted July 22, 2010 at 2:46 am | Permalink
  3. geckonomist wrote:

    Have you been reading “the rational optimist”, Prof. Easterly?

    Posted July 22, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink
  4. Adam Baker wrote:

    Yes, but that’s a feudal lord with a 2-year cell phone contract. Not quite as appealing.

    Posted July 22, 2010 at 10:31 am | Permalink
  5. Andrew W wrote:

    Seems you have caught the Apple bug, too. Please be aware there are other smart phones out there!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg&feature=player_embedded

    Posted July 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
  6. jon wrote:

    for a feudal lord, I feel disappointingly un-powerful. Is there an iPhone app that will bathe me and anoint my body with fine oils?

    Posted July 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

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