I want to talk for a second about easy, simple, and straightforward:
Something is easy when it requires only a small amount of effort. Things are usually "easy if": growing tomatoes is easy if you have the right location and climate
Something is simple when its complexity is low. Often simple things are also easy, but not always! Walking a steep path is simple (you just walk), but it's also hard.
Something is straightforward when the steps to accomplish it are clear and well defined, lacking in novel problems to solve. Straightforward things are very often not simple or easy! Putting things in orbit is straightforward—we can do it with well-understood math and engineering applied to established technologies—but complex and certainly not easy.
easy // difficult, hard
simple // complex
straightforward // ambiguous, circumspect, unclear
@calcifer you mean in the end brain surgery is as straight forward as space travel: cut the skull open, remove tumor, put the lid back on, straightforward as shortbread!? 😄
@malte well some kinds are straightforward now. But one thing that makes brain surgery such a challenging thing is that it often is not straightforward, easy, or simple. We're still learning a lot and each surgery is unique in some way
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.