Friday, August 21, 2015

Yves Smith — “How Complex Systems Fail”

Lambert found a short article by Richard Cook that I’ve embedded at the end of the post. I strongly urge you to read it in full. It discusses how complex systems are prone to catastrophic failure, how that possibility is held at bay through a combination of redundancies and ongoing vigilance, but how, due to the impractical cost of keeping all possible points of failure fully (and even identifying them all) protected, complex systems “always run in degraded mode”.
Naked Capitalism
“How Complex Systems Fail”
Yves Smith

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