The first principle I think is important to convey is that complexity and scale are inherent in many of the systems we build, and they carry with them risk that grows with size, complexity and scope. In fact, many systems grow to such an extent that they rapidly outstrip the initial design considerations, as is evidenced by obvious examples like Y2K and the need for IPv6. The fact that we have constructs like the Internet that can aggregate information as never before and open up a world of application potential for increasing value and for increasing the richness of our lives is a wonderful thing. The potential of the Internet and all we’ve built on it seems to be expanding “up and to the right,” and possibly reaching towards a singularity of some sort in the distant future – although I’ll leave further speculation on that to the techno-optimists.
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