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Overcomplicated : technology at the limits of comprehension

Author: Samuel Arbesman
Publisher: New York, New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2017, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"You don't understand the software running your car or your iPhone. But here's a secret: neither do the geniuses at Apple or the Ph. D.'s at Toyota--not perfectly, anyway. No one, not accountants, engineers, or doctors, fully grasps the rules governing your tax return, your internet connection, or your hospital's medical machinery. The same technological advances that have simplified our lives have made the systems  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Arbesman
ISBN: 0143131303 9780143131304
OCLC Number: 962005173
Description: 248 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Welcome to the entanglement --
The origins of the kluge --
Losing the bubble --
Our bug-ridden world --
The need for biological thinking --
Walking humbly with technology.
Other Titles: Technology at the limits of comprehension
Responsibility: Samuel Arbesman.

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"You don't understand the software running your car or your iPhone. But here's a secret: neither do the geniuses at Apple or the Ph. D.'s at Toyota--not perfectly, anyway. No one, not accountants, engineers, or doctors, fully grasps the rules governing your tax return, your internet connection, or your hospital's medical machinery. The same technological advances that have simplified our lives have made the systems governing our lives incomprehensible, unpredictable, and overcomplicated. Complexity scientist Samuel Arbesman offers a fresh, insightful field guide to living with complex technologies that defy human comprehension. As technology grows more complex, Arbesman argues, its behavior mimics the vagaries of the natural world more than it conforms to a mathematical model. If we are to survive and thrive in this new age, we must abandon our need for governing principles and rules and accept the chaos. We will become better thinkers, scientists, and innovators as a result. Lucid and energizing, this book is a vital new analysis of the world heralded as "modern" for anyone who wants to live wisely."--Back cover.

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