Representation 3: Risk, Control, and the Escape of Uncertainty
The elimination of risk and uncertainty seems to be one of the key objectives underlying systematization. This chapter returns to themes introduced earlier in the book and considers those risks that are entailed by attempts to completely eliminate risk itself, primarily through tying these themes to the problems associated with large-scale systems. It examines the ways in which information technologies can exacerbate the problems identified, but it is important to realize that these issues have a somewhat longer pedigree. They result from the nature of representation and the ever-expanding scale of its processes and purview.
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