"It's only when humans build on a sufficiently large scale that the economics/risks force us to think more carefully about methodology." #readingToday
It's only when humans build on a sufficiently large scale that the economics of size, or the risk of failure, force us to think more carefully about methodology. Internet commerce was probably the tipping point for a move away from the small ad hoc datacentre building towards true infrastructure engineering for the information age. A level of resilience is needed to support any infrastructure development that will support a mainstream of society. That can only happen if the economics are right, applying the right level of engineering resilience to ensure necessary permanence, but sufficient adaptive agility to support its users.
In Search of Certainty, Mark Burgess, 2013