I also feel like we really don’t need more amateur, casually informed commentary and opinion about the situation in Ukraine, so I will be quiet now.
“It’s the basic obstacle of artificial ecosystems. In a normal evolutionary environment, there’s enough diversity to cushion the system when something catastrophic happens. That’s nature. Catastrophic things happen all the time. But nothing we can build has the depth. One thing goes wrong, and there’s only a few compensatory pathways that can step in. They get overstressed. Fall out of balance. When the next one fails, there are even fewer paths, and then they’re more stressed. It’s a simple complex system. That’s the technical name for it. Because it’s simple, it’s prone to cascades, and because it’s complex, you can’t predict what’s going to fail. Or how. It’s computationally impossible.”
— Caliban’s War (The Expanse Book 2) by James S. A. Corey
A lot of people seem to like his stuff, though, so what do I know?