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Self-Replication, Strandbeest, and the Game of Life What von Neumann, Jansen, and Conway can teach us about scaling the API economy

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Mike Amundsen's, Director API Architecture at CA Technologies, Keynote from API Strategy and Practice Conference 2014 …

Mike Amundsen's, Director API Architecture at CA Technologies, Keynote from API Strategy and Practice Conference 2014

Here's a link to the full text of Mike's talk: http://g.mamund.com/apistrat2014-talk


APIs as both an ecosystem and an economy are at a crossroads. The last few years have shown continued growth in both providers and consumers and, it’s easy to see Moore’s Law in effect in the API Ecosystem.

However, to sustain this level of exponential growth, this level of scaling in the ecosystem, we need to come up with ways to also scale the API Economy. All indications are demand will continue to grow. But hardly a day goes by when we don’t see evidence that the API economy the ‘engine of execution’ is buckling under the strain. This is the logical outcome of a system over-taxed, under-powered, and inadequate to the task. Demand is outstripping supply and the system can’t keep up. The way to solve this problem is to start thinking in new ways and this talk is an attempt to get us to do that; to kick-start the creative process.

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  • 1. Self-Replication, Strandbeest, and the Game of Life. What John von Neumann, Theo Jansen, and John Conway can tell us about scaling the API Economy. Mike Amundsen Director of Architecture, API Academy – CA Technologies @mamund
  • 2. Outages, security breach, theft
  • 3. Supply and demand
  • 4. kickstart
  • 5. Looking back
  • 6. roadblock
  • 7. "I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the Transmission Control Protocol and domain name system ideas and—ta-da!— the World Wide Web." - Tim Berners-Lee
  • 8. roadblock
  • 9. “This month we consider Conway's latest brainchild, a fantastic solitaire pastime he calls ‘life’” - Martin Gardner, 1970
  • 10. 1. Survivals: Every counter with two or three neighboring counters survives for the next generation. 2. Deaths: Each counter with four or more neighbors dies (is removed) from overpopulation. Every counter with one neighbor or none dies from isolation. 3. Births: Each empty cell adjacent to exactly three neighbors- -no more, no fewer--is a birth cell. A counter is placed on it at the next move.
  • 11. “For long-lived populations Conway sometimes uses a PDP-7 computer with a screen on which he can observe the changes.” - Martin Gardner, 1970
  • 12. "I started with the idea that I could make wind- powered ‘animals’ that would live on the beach and build up the dunes to save us from rising sea levels in the coming century." - Theo Jansen
  • 13. "The inherited trashing movements were copied and, mixed with mutations, distributed to a random subsequent generation of more than 200 creatures." - Theo Jansen.
  • 14. And so…
  • 15. "As we gain more data, how much better does our system get? It’s still improving—but we are getting to the point where we get less benefit than we did in the past.” - Peter Norvig.
  • 16. NO CODE
  • 17. “The maze is a metaphor for hypermedia applications in general.” – Leonard Richardson.
  • 18. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao-tzu
  • 19. Self-Replication, Strandbeest, and the Game of Life. What John von Neumann, Theo Jansen, and John Conway can tell us about scaling the API Economy. http://g.mamund.com/apistrat2014-talk Mike Amundsen Director of Architecture, API Academy – CA Technologies @mamund