The web disseminates ideas globally, instantly at zero cost. Because JS executes on the Web it has an unfair advantage over every other language. the feedback loop for collaboration is very tight. We can see code executing without compiling or building. Great minds rapidly gather around promising ideas and help mold them. As the tools for collaboration get better and the size of the community grows the loop tightens.
A student remarked to Pixar’s Ed Catmull he must be surrounded by geniuses because his team had so many algorithms named after them. His reply was that at the time nothing existed to do the things they wanted, so to do anything they had to invent it. Innovation is easy on the cutting edge. It is no more difficult than creatively hacking legacy software to keep up with the status quo, but much more rewarding. The further back you are from the frontier the harder it is to come up with anything new.
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