In 1962, U.S. authorities considered ways to communicate in the aftermath of a nuclear attack. How could any sort of “command and control network” survive? Paul Baran, a researcher at RAND, offered a solution: design a more robust communications network using “redundancy” and “digital” technology. —Rand Corp
This little sitelet at Stanford is my favorite read on this subject. It’s help me re-find my way:
Local maxima create value while iterating cheaply, but innovation requires the costly pursuit of global maxima.