Date: March 17 2020
Summary: An overview on Nassim Taleb's thoughts on Antifragility.
Keywords: ##zettel #antifragile #philosophy #fragile #robust #model #archive
Nassim Taleb coined the word "antifragile" to describe systems or objects that, rather than not adapting to an environment, adapts and improves over time as a function of perturbation found in a variable environment.
Antifragile systems or objects gain from disorder and thrives on volatility and variability within reason for that given system.
An antifragile system is not like a coffee mug - a coffee mug does not get stronger the more you use it but rather is at risk the more you use it. As a result, a coffee mug is fragile.
A cannonball however is not antifragile. You can shoot it out of a cannon, drop it, carry it, etc. Within reason, it is not going to change or adapt to the situation - it is robust.
A person however is antifragile. Before a person can lift a bale of hay, they must first carry the lamb to pasture. Meaning, a person can adapt and change themselves to fit to the situation at hand - though, not immediately. They can make these changes proactively or anticipate needs for a given situation and adapt accordingly.
Zelko, Jacob. Antifragility. https://jacobzelko.com/03172020033742-antifragility. March 17 2020.