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Talk about network effects
Tuesday, August 24, 2004

We've all seen firsthand how interconnected systems can turn molehills into mountains. The great power failure of 2003 being only one of the more recent examples. The quote below, however, shows just how integrated we're becoming.

"A particularly knotty problem is striking foreign military computer systems that are linked to commercial systems. During last year's assault on Iraq, planners were concerned that attacking the nation's integrated defenses may have created cascading failures that could have reached back into the international banking system." (From Aviation Week & Space Technology, August 16, 2004, Pg. 24)

Buddhists say that we are all connected to all (Interbeing in Thich Nhat Han's sense). As this becomes less and less metaphor and more and more physical, perhaps war will become a true impossibility.


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