Utility and Value

Modern life conflates utility and value.  Value is observer-specific; it is intrinsic meaning, situational context. It is primarily subjective and nuances. Utility lives in spreadsheets and the world of numbers. It is the work of generalizations, of 'just enough.' Utility scales; it is the common language strangers can use. Merchants can put it on shelves with a price tag. It is the disembodiment.

Artifacts are utilitarian – systems valuable. Systems are alive; they move with time, agents, and events. Artifacts are just there.

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