"The day we opened the resort we had a failure and breakdown rate conforming to computer predictions. That is 0.3 malfunctions for each 24 hour activation period, concurrent or not. Now this was an anticipated operations aspect of the resort and we were fully able to handle it. The majority of the breakdowns were minor or peripheral until about 6 weeks ago. Then RW had a rise in breakdown rate which doubled in a week. In addition we saw disproportionate rise in central as opposed to peripheral breakdowns. Now we identified some problems with humidity control and regained homeostasis. Well despite our corrections the breakdown rate continued to climb. Then MW began to have trouble. Now we're seeing more WW breakdowns. There's clear patterns here which suggests am analogy to an infectious disease process spreading from one resort area to the next"
"Perhaps there are superficial similarities to disease."
"It's only a theoretical construct. There are many ways to order that data."
"I must confess I find it difficult to believe in a disease of machinery"
"We aren't dealing with ordinary machines here. These are highly complicated pieces of equipment. Almost as complicated as living organisms. In some cases they've been designed by other computers. We don't know exactly how they work."