Efficiency vs. Resilience: Lessons from COVID-19 [chapter]

Moshe Y. Vardi
2021 Perspectives on Digital Humanism  
AbstractWhy was the world not ready for COVID-19, in spite of many warnings over the past 20 years of the high likelihood of a global pandemic? This chapter argues that the economic goal of efficiency, focused on short-term optimization, has distracted us from resilience, which is focused on long-term optimization. Computing also seems to have generally emphasized efficiency at the expense of resilience. But computing has discovered that resilience is enabled by redundancy and distributivity.
more » ... ese principles should be adopted by society in the "after-COVID" era.
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-86144-5_38 fatcat:byyihvszgfebvn3gl253ovqkzq