This is the most intriguing and insightful bit of writing I’ve enjoyed all week (granted, it’s only Wednesday, but still)
Worlds of scarcity are made out of things. Worlds of abundance are made out of dependencies. That’s the software playbook: find a system made of costly, redundant objects; and rearrange it into a fast, frictionless system made of logical dependencies. The delta in performance is irresistible, and dependencies are a compelling building block: they seem like just a piece of logic, with no cost and no friction. But they absolutely have a cost: the cost is complexity, outsourced agency, and brittleness. The cost of ownership is up front and visible; the cost of access is back-dated and hidden.
That quote is plucked right from the middle of the piece. Please do click through and read how Alex got there and where they went next.