Durable computronics is a placeholder name for a fantasy ethos of computing (embodied in a fantasy set of institutions) that favors reliability, security, personal accountability and simplicity over functionality and innovation.
I have no vision for seeing this implemented in the real world and do not pretend that it is feasible given the current landscape of incentives. Again, this is fantasy; approach it as a creative “world-building” exercise for a speculative civilization, rather than as a serious policy proposal. I would simply like to imagine a set of rules and institutions that might give rise to a world where “software engineering” as a profession actually does carry the same legal and scientific rigor required of electrical engineers, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, civic engineers, etc.; where the pace of change in technology is much slower; and where technology is an evergreen structural support to a way of life.
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