Speed of change LO11813

Michael McMaster (Michael@kbddean.demon.co.uk)
Sat, 11 Jan 1997 10:44:58 +0000

Replying to LO11797 --

While I would not concur with the statement
> The concern is that technology changes rapidly, while people do not.

The implications of the challenges below have nothing to do with my

Tony asks,
> How can technology change by itself? How can technology change independent
> of the people who create build, maintain, and use the technology?

Technology CAN "change by itself" to the extent (significant) that it is a
complex adaptive system in its own right, controlled by nobody

How it can change "independent of the people who create it" is by the
principles of emergence. That is, beyond a threshold of control, new
properties emerge that cannot be traced to the individual elements (or

This is the field of emergence and complex adaptive systems. It was
stated well 2,500 years ago by Heraclitus and expounded more explicitly
about 100 years ago by the "emergent evolutionists" and is now being
developed in detail at the Santa Fe Institute and by many others.

Michael McMaster :   Michael@kbdworld.com
"I don't give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity 
but I'd die for the simplicity on the other side of complexity." 
            attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes 

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