The Rise of Worse Is Better

An essay from Richard P. Gabriel that argues that worse tools and solutions can actually be better in some cases.

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  • Every Infrastructure Decision I Endorse or Regret

    Inspired by (Almost) Every infrastructure decision I endorse or regret, I thought it would be interesting to do the same for my startup.

  • Illusion of Explanatory Depth

    People feel they understand things better than they actually do. This leads to biases and poor decision-making because of overconfidence in their knowledge.

  • AI Puts a Higher Premium on Unique Knowledge

    AI augmented tools for creative processes like writing (ChatGPT) and drawing (StableDiffusion, DALL-E-2) establish a new baseline for content. This is a step change for many industries where the value will get competed away (e.g. everyone can compete in editorial SEO). That means that there will be an even higher premium for unique knowledge that is, by definition, not replicable by advancements in general AI tools.

  • The Infinite Butler Problem

    Conventional wisdom says you should do one thing and do it really well. Customers however, can only bear so many different tools before the fragmentation makes it harder to solve their problem.

  • Migrations Are Mini Rewrites

    As software grows, patterns and practices naturally evolve. Inevitably, someone comes to the conclusion that a change should happen and code should be migrated to the new thing.