In the latest issue of Wired magazine, there is an article by Jonah Lehrer regarding the subject of the uncertainty of scientists’ attempts at understanding and predicting science and how scholarly research can sometime resemble chaos more than cosmos. Lehrer draws a quote from Of Clouds and Clocks, by the famous 20th century philosopher of science, Karl Popper.
Popper remarks that clocks are neat, orderly systems that can be solved through reduction; clouds are an epistemic mess or “highly irregular, disorderly, and more or less unpredictable.”
Working in virtualization, this quote rang quite loudly in my mind (much like a clock chiming on the hour). Shouldn’t we, those who guide virtualization, attempt to use it to build a sturdy foundation for clock computing instead of developing the next generation of information technology on something as ephemeral and chaotic as a cloud?