Saturday, January 15, 2005

REST and Quantum Physics (models and goggles) 

Werner Vogels
However we need to continue to take care that we do not consider The Model to be The Truth. The web based internet is a massive organic process that is similar to Nature, and we can develop models to observe its phenomena. We can use these models to build our tools on, but we have keep in mind that we cannot use the model force the organic process to behave the way we want it to.

Whether we use the REST model, or another model to be developed that appears to match it closer or from a different perspective, "the web" and other large scale distributed systems will continue to do "their thing", whatever model we put on it. The distributed, decentralized, bottom-up, autonomous nature of the web, exhibits complex organic interactions, that are not driven by models or laws, just as that Nature is not driven by the laws of Physics.

We must learn from Physics that models are imperfect and only an approximation of something that is much larger, and more complex that we can imagine. Models can be improved or replaced by others, and competing models can exist at the same time.

But in the end they are just models. They help us understand Nature, but they are not Nature itself.

Topics: Rest | Quantum | Meaning

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