167: Why technology is becoming too complex (Samuel Arbesman)

September 4, 2016

As the technology we rely on every day becomes increasingly sophisticated, it’s getting to the point where it’s too complicated to understand — not just for individual users, but for any human at all. In this episode, Julia talks with complexity scientist Samuel Arbesman, about his new book Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension, why these unprecedented levels of complexity might be dangerous, and what we should do about it.

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