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Chapter 7. Homo Logicus > Programmers Trade Simplicity for Control

Programmers Trade Simplicity for Control

Homo logicus desire to have control over things that interest them, and the things that interest them are complex, deterministic systems. People are complex, but they don't behave in a logical and predictable way, like machinery. The best machinery is digital, because it can be the most complex, sophisticated, and can be easily changed by the programmer.

Controlling humans is less appealing from the programmer's point of view. In the novel The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest,[1] author Po Bronson has his programmers play practical jokes on humans to demonstrate that they can control them, but the programmers take more satisfaction in making the computers jump to their bidding.

[1] Po Bronson, The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, Avon Books, New York, New York, 1997, ISBN: 0-380-73155-X.


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