Mimicry is a complex and important topic across biology, markets, social networks, and other domains. It can lead to unexpected outcomes, as well as new sources of fragility.
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I recently drove across America and back again. And here is what I saw and thought it meant, from truckstops, to wind farms, to EVs, to, AI.
Many actions make things worse when attempting to make them better. A subset of these activities introduces entirely new forms of unexpected risk.
This is Part 2 of a two-part series on the paradoxes of 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons, and how, given