Creeping Complexity

Bill Raduchel
3 min readMay 22, 2020

The optimized analog world of forty or so years ago was based on networks in which the nodes were humans. Sometimes they were imaginative, clever. I read about a Cambridge don who sent himself reminders to non-existent addresses around the world, depending on the postal system to return them to him at the appropriate time. At a company where I worked in the 1980s, their distribution system depended on high school kids on roller skates putting paper slips into pigeonholes. Try as we could, we could find no digital solution within even one order of magnitude on cost.

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Bill Raduchel

Author, The New Technology State and The Bleeding Edge. Strategic advisor on technology and media, independent director and former angel investor.