Platforms and Adaptive Systems

Whether in business or biology, complex systems repeatedly exhibit platform-application dynamics, with separation between broadly useful, hard-to-implement components in the platform, and highly adaptive, easy-to-implement systems on top. Why is this the case? It’s bad for every use case to reinvent the wheel, and it’s also bad if a slow development process prevents the discovery of new niches. This post explores this dynamic in both nature and technology.

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