YUTPA in systems

Computer infrastructure is not much more then a couple of bites in one way or another. So there’s nothing there that lives. Time, rhythm, place and culture are all human concepts that people can perceive but actually they are human projections onto the system and they are not there, Warnier argues.

If you take humans out of the equation, there is just the system and the system is a tool. If one uses a very high-tech fast computer-network, or one uses smoke signals, at both one can do confidentiality or transparency for example, because both are basically just carriers of human information.

There are a lot of practical reasons why you need to think about the time and space of your system: for example the universal time between computers so they can synchronize and physical structures deteriorate after some time. Also, mathematics as action can be understood as transformation. Or in other mathematics relations are defined and for example operating systems will be able to recognize each other or not. It is not possible to compare human beings with systems; human beings are too complex. The best you can do is to make an abstraction of a human being, and compare that to a system or equation or what ever, since we don’t understand how human beings really work, argues Warnier