[ExI] we stand on the shoulders of giants

Bryan Bishop kanzure at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 11:22:57 UTC 2009

On Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 11:11 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> We have introduced a new way to kill us: the electromagnetic pulse.  Over
> time, there are fewer Amish and remote tribes, so we can imagine our species
> actually becoming ever more dependent upon technologies that fewer and fewer
> understand, or can reproduce.  While Bryan is thinking about archiving, I am
> thinking about how to make ourselves less vulnerable to the failure of our
> own gadgetry.

Sorry spike, we're actually working on the same thing.


Reliability engineering is an attempt to root out all causes of
failures. Sometimes this involves simplifying all of those "complex
technologies that nobody can understand or reproduce", etc. etc.

- Bryan
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