Time O’Reilly on the internet as an operating system:

When you type a search query into Google, the resources on your local computer – the keyboard where you type your query, the screen that displays the results, the networking hardware and software that connects your computer to the network, the browser that formats and forwards your request to Google’s servers – play only a small role. What’s more, they don’t really matter much to the operation of the search – you can type your search terms into a browser on a Windows, Mac, or Linux machine, or into a smartphone running Symbian, or PalmOS, the Mac OS, Android, Windows Mobile, or some other phone operating system.

Abstraction is a powerful thing. Every day, we perform actions that require thousands of “moving parts”. They’re not really moving, because we live in the age of of solid state, but the complexity exists, none the less. Never has the concept of Wu Wei ben more pervasive.