We might have created Tylenol but it doesn’t mean we understand it. And the same can be said about climate change, economics, markets, mathematics…we still don’t even understand consciousness.
These are complex systems at work with players who make choices that influence and change outcomes. Sometimes we can make all the right moves and still have puzzling outcomes.
The point is that simple solutions rarely exist to fix a complex problem. Rational actors, as we all claim to be, think we have a grasp on what needs to be done. But because of the limitations of our reach, we underestimate what happens when we influence these systems. So, you try something and say, “Oh that is interesting.” And then try again to change it in a positive way.
We are bad at predicting what happens next even before the internet. What comes next? No one knows.