Technology, Complexity, and Social Decision
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The history of science forcefully substantiates the principle of question-proliferation in empirical inquiry. As technology advances, the problems of cognitive discrimination—just like those of visual discrimination—expand exponentially in line with the proliferation of possibilities. And so, while technological progress—be it material or social—may indeed simplify and facilitate the performance of particular tasks, its aggregate effect is to make large-scale processes more complicated and difficult. With the modern technology of communication and information management, bureaucracy is thus bound to increase irrespective of the particular operational tasks for whose management the bureaucracy is instituted. Throughout the progress of science, technology, and human artifice generally, complexity is self-potentiating because it engenders complications on the side of problems that can only be addressed adequately through further complication on the side of process and procedure. More choices mean more decisions which require more information.