There’s an urban chess legend. I think it was originally told by Bobby Fischer in fact, and it was about Fischer and Spassky sitting and drinking in the bar at a hotel before a match. Some guy they had never seen before sits next to them, and tells them that he’s invented a system, that allows him to always win in chess. Fischer and Spassky are moderately curious, and asks the guy to demonstrates it to them. First the guy plays Fischer, and wins 10 out of 10 games. Then he plays Spassky, and yet again he wins 10 out of 10 games – Apparently without even making an effort.
The story kind of ends there, and as Fischer tells the story to a crowd of people, finally some guy can’t hold himself, so he bursts out and asks Fischer; “What happened to the guy?” At which point Fischer says with a smile on his face; “We killed him and buried him in the yard of course. Do you think we’re idiots?”
I doubt Fischer ever killed somebody, and even if the story was originally told by Fischer, I think it was more like a humorous joke. However, the story teaches us a fact about humanity, which is that when somebody have huge intellectual investments in something, and somebody comes and makes that investment irrelevant with some new invention, that invention becomes a threat to those with existing investment in whatever the invention replaces. For instance, go ask a taxi driver what he thinks about self driving cars, and I’m willing to bet he’ll tell you hundreds of stories about how these cars are unsafe, dangerous, a liability, and a danger to its customers, etc. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the taxi driver’s motives. Since Phosphorus Five arguably threatens to turn the “priesthood of the 21st Century” into burger flippers, it’s probably no wonder it generates resistance as I talk about it …
Below are some testimonials about Phosphorus Five from senior system developers.
I guess they’re trying to bury me in the yard … 😉