Weak Interactions can Work Just Fine

If they don’t get wrecked by some strong ones.

I must explain. The Printing Press was one of the technologies that made the Modern World possible. But this also started an explosion of letter-writing. Letters could travel quickly across national boundaries (a delay of a month or two getting across the Atlantic Ocean was not considered a problem). The net result was a lot of writing – creative writing of all kinds, which has never been equaled.

This made the Enlightenment possible – and the Enlightenment is what made the United States possible – after the Constitution Convention succeeded in uniting them. This was a huge event that made Americans consider what kind of nation they wanted, and made the U.S. a success. France, by contrast, was not able to unite its social classes, and its French Revolution failed miserably.

Americans overlooked the Slavery question – and this had to be solved by a Civil War that ended badly with the assassination of Lincoln.

The process of reasoning, using a lot of writing and discussion – was a weak interaction – which could work fine when it was allowed to. But it could be wrecked by powerful social  forces, such as those surrounding Slavery – no amount of reasoning would satisfy the Southerners – or the Abolitionists.

To my surprise, I am discovering this in Software Development – which has discovered that many components (called microsevices) – communicating weakly, but securely – work better overall. They do not get in each other’s way – but each do their own thing.

This requires careful planning to make them work together. Which is a huge amount of work – but platforms are available for each type of problem – furnished by people who have already done this. Everything depends on honest cooperation – not deceptive competition.

This is fairly easy in software – but very difficult in the larger world – which muddles along, the same as it always has.

And has never got its act together.


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