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

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CHAPTER TWELVE
Interop over Time: Preservation of Knowledge
Imagine you are cleaning out your apartment and come across a box full of books from your college years. You flip through a few of them and smile at the memory of classes you loved. You remember, too, those classes you tended to skip, for whatever reason. You can tell from the state of a paperback edition of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis that you only ever made it through half the book, and that’s being generous to yourself. You remember the famous first line about Gregor Samsa turning into a really big bug, but not much more. Your notes in the margins conspicuously stop partway through the text. The pages in the back half of the book, clumped together as though they just came off the ...

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