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Why computers crash but we don’t


The reason living organisms tend to malfunction less than computers may have something to do with the way software engineers create control systems—compared to nature’s approach.

To explore the idea, a team from Yale University compared the evolution of organisms and computer operating systems by analyzing the control networks in both the bacterium E. coli and the Linux operating system. Both E. coli (above, left) and the Linux networks (above, right) are arranged in hierarchies, but with some notable differences in how they achieve operational efficiencies.

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