Alexis Madrigal skewers Eric Schmidt on his own pike:
Again, I call attention to Schmidt’s syntax: These problems will get themselves resolved. The logic here is that the system will work out the kinks. It’s the invisible hand meets Moore’s Law and extended to all domains. Schmidt’s ideology has inexorable progress at its core.
You have to admire someone with so much hope in humanity, but I worry that the actorlessness of Schmidt’s faith will ultimately be its undoing.
At one point, Schmidt had the audience repeat after him the following sentence: “In God we trust, all others have to bring data.” This is the deepest and most fervent belief of technocrats, but in the lived experience of politics, it is not he with the most facts or data that wins.
Madrigal sounds a bit like a tech-savy Ken Shepsle here.