The Machine Stops

Dennis Vogt, a good friend and a good mind, forwarded me this just a bit ago… a very interesting look at our linked world.

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.08/tech.html

It reminded me of this great E. M. Forster story I re-read just the other night.

http://brighton.ncsa.uiuc.edu/prajlich/forster.html

As it all gets so easy, so interesting… what might we be losing?

What risks increase as systems become more complex?

What risks does The Machine lead us to discount or forget?

An interestng article on “Normal Accidents” here:

http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/sep06/4423

No time to muse further, I’m working hard on a local loosley coupled system; connecting farmers and local citizens to the land via the Trust for Working Landscapes