Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rant - Simple Things are Complex from Inside

Most of us wish to have a simple life with less stress. And we create products and services to make people's life easy. But if we think carefully there is a complex side to most of the simple solutions we have today. The simplicity we enjoy today have it's massive complexity underneath and it's unknown to many of those who enjoys it. Let's look at a couple of day to day products and services we use to make our life easy and simple.

The car you drive everyday is making your daily commuting easy. But it's a very complex machine that you don't understand unless you have the specific knowledge about automobile engineering. The Mobile phone you use to keep in touch with the rest of the world seems like a small gadget that you only have to recharged everyday. But there are very complex systems working together to provide that simplified experience to you. This scenario is applied to almost all the things we consume today. And it is getting more and more complex in the future.

What I'm trying to tell myself here is, yes I said myself as I'm writing stuff that are rambling on my brain, people create complex systems/processes/products/services to fulfill people's never ending desires. The market operates based on the demand. And there is a competition too. When one system is in place, the competing system try to find it's place with a competitive advantage. In order to offer that competitive edge, another complex system is introduced with another complex back-end. But they all try their best to offer these systems with a simplified front-face (UI, Appearance and highly intelligent interaction methods).

Perhaps this post might not make any sense. But I want to read this post in 5 years from today. Our lives are never simple. They never will be. What ever we consume today have a complex backend to it. And there are people who work hard to make sure the other people get the maximum out of their product or service. And if you think carefully, everything is inter-connected. What ever you do, where ever you are, the actions you perform is connected to each other. And you touch multiple complex systems (directly and indirectly) to get your life's simple things done.

I'm writing this post at a Tim Hortans at Borden/Charles - Kitchener. I'm using a MacBook Air to connect to Tim Horton's Wifi. I came here on my Honda CRV. I'm drinking a Caramel Late. How many complex systems I've used on this scenario? The Computer, the car, The WiFi. And yes of course the Caramel Late. Even the coffee I drink came out from a complex machine. But I never felt the complexity of performing this scenario. It was so simple. It's not overthinking. There is no such thing call overthinking. You can think up to your best capacity of your mind. Thinking capacity is different for each person. Those are simple thoughts. But they came from a very complex organ called "Brain".