Clock Computing

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?



One thought on “Clock Computing

  1. What a Luddite you are! Next you’ll be saying the auto industry should not have computerized and fiberglassed cars to the point where no one really knows how to repair them. Oh, for the good old days when even I could throw up the hood and identify most of the engine parts. Too bad that semi-truck ran into my 1972 Nova sedan, the last of my simple cars. Lucky I was in an old car. Any car made today would have been totaled, and me with it.

    Oh! You’re talking about simplifying IT. It’s not going to happen. Making computing and software too complex for businesses to handle on their own is the only way the industry makes money. Vendors’ service organizaitons and not product bring in the green now.

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