@tindall Y'know, I've thought of (and possibly mentioned out loud) this as a potential goal.
What keeps systems small and localised is friction. Scaling happens through reducing frictions and increasing efficiencies, which is mostly the same as saying that greater efficiency -> greater monopolisation.
So yes, absolutely: if you can build systems and specifications which explode horrendously at scale they stay small.
(Whether or not this can be done, I'm not at all convinced. But the theory makes all kinds of sense.)
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