Mark Frankenberg

(on Better Ways to Achieve individual and collective Health and Efficiency)

It's not prudent to put all one's eggs in one basket. One story about the origins of the Internet emphasizes the strategy of building a communications network that would work even if key hub locations were .. disabled. A result of that design strategy is our current, neutral Internet.

As the Internet and computers in general are still a relatively new technology from a historical perspective, our linked systems are increasingly vulnerable to error and to sabotage. The likely state-sponsored cyber-weapons Conficker and Stuxnet are just two examples of new weaponry based on complexity that could in the future cause widespread misery, as our civilization becomes more and more reliant upon automation and interoperability.

As described in great detail in The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future by Gretchen Bakke, our current electric energy infrastructure in the United States is exceedingly vulnerable and its reliance on dirty fossil fuels is destabilizing the global climate. In a situation of increasing climate-related disasters and their related power-outages, as well as accelerating societal dependence on automated management, power and logistical systems, it would be wise to revisit that (one) reason for the Internet having been developed as it was: we would be a stronger, safer country if we decentralized our management, energy and transportation assets.

-- Mark Frankenberg

Work In Progress
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