Screwed-up, evolvable protocols that out-learn well-designed solutions

Well Ted Nelson probably continues to be apoplectic over all this messiness, but Shirky is right. Thanks to Bruce Sterling for pointing me to something I had also missed at the time. Also, yet another example of why evolution works without need for an intelligent designer. Screwed-up, evolvable protocols that out-learn well-designed solutions.http://www.shirky.com/writings/evolve.html Clay Shirky […]

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Adams on Murphy

The corollary here is that the harder something is to get at or repair, the more likely that it will fail at an inopportune moment. Adams on Murphy. Adams on Murphy — “The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing […]

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How low can you go?

Some interesting point-counterpoint on the relative merits oforganizational scale, but I can’t help but smile at the notion the 80+employees constitutes “big.” To me the more interesting question hereis how low we’ve been able to drive the scale of micro-businesses suchas 37Signals who are able to have impact and presence far beyond theirsize because they […]

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