Kasparov is a writer, a political activist and a firm believer in the advancement of technology to solve world problems. When he speaks, he pulls no punches. “I feel we are now living in the era of the slowest technological progress in the past few hundred years,” he says, unsatisfied with consumer toys like smartphones and social network diversions.
He told the audience, comprised mainly of young Palantir software engineers, that humans are still using many of the same fundamental technologies invented in the past couple of centuries, like the internal combustion engine or the airplane. “Call it lack of courage or complacency, but to a certain degree we lost this passion for the sweeping changes,” Kaparov said.