Intelligent Fool Makes Things More Complex

I had quite a few opportunities to witness what Albert Einstein meant by the following:

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction."

No surprise I am a huge fan of this TED talk – Toward a science of simplicity by George Whitesides. My favorite takeaways from it that Simple Things are:

  • Reliable, Predictable
    • (Complex\Emergent = unexpected\unpredictable)
  • Cheap

  • High Performance  or Value/Cost
    • ($ is an aggregator of incommensurate type of value)
  • Building Blocks
    • “Simple things” are stackable. Value builds with numbers (but complexity also develops)

I love the stackable part, I would go further and say simple things are re-stackable and cannibalizeable/re-usable.

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