Less Is More

The Economist, 12 Jun-10, In praise of techno-austerity . The technology industry seems to be coming round to the idea that less is more.

About a year ago, we wrote More is not Always More and later, When Good ENUF is Great . But things are not always as they look like? Our motivation are not so much let the users remain focused and productive. It is avoid artifacts coming from overdone model complexity applied to instruments that do not require such complexity, and/or from methods and implementations that are intrinsically flawed.

However, we agree that feature-obsessed technology industry can change its tune. But this shall not be mistaken with implementation simplicity. Task automation, instrument abstraction, cross model-and-method selection, precision control, ... need a lot of implicit analysis and checking. And advanced mathematical schemes.