Water pistols and forest fires

Today’s contracts are optimised for production, not consumption.

Computers keep getting better. For decades we have been using them to write contracts faster, write more of them, and make them longer.

Comparatively little thought has been put into how all of that extra information is going to be managed. Especially when you consider that humans don’t keep getting smarter every year.

As well as building better tools to understand our contracts, we should be writing contracts to be more understandable. Especially by computers.

To put out a forest fire with a water pistol, you want both a bigger water pistol and a smaller forest.