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The actor model is a great tool, but I think it's best looked at as a low level concurrency primitive. Most of the time, folks should be working with higher level constructs in conceptually simpler control flow paradigms like call-and-return (async/await) or streams.

In Erlang, all those control flow paradigms exist in library form.

You are right about the actor model being a low-level choice, but its a choice that has to be made since the whole system revolves around allowing/disallowing shared state.

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