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Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems by Urs Gasser, John Palfrey

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CHAPTER TWO
The Human and Institutional Layers
In December 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright embarked on the world’s first controlled airplane flight. Their short trip revolutionized the world of transportation forever. More than a century later, air travel is a multi-billion-dollar business on which virtually everyone in the modern economy relies one way or another. Growth continues with each passing decade: in 2010, 786.7 million passengers traveled on 10 million flights coming through the United States alone.1 Asian Pacific carriers, meanwhile, are growing their seat capacity by as much as 10 percent per year.
On that first day, the Wright brothers had the airspace they needed for their trip all to themselves. Now the skies are crowded with ...

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