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Every time I think about Amish & technology I'm reminded of the Capability Maturity Model:


1) Initial (chaotic, ad hoc, individual heroics) - the starting point for use of a new or undocumented repeat process.

2) Repeatable - the process is at least documented sufficiently such that repeating the same steps may be attempted.

3) Defined - the process is defined/confirmed as a standard business process

4) Capable - the process is quantitatively managed in accordance with agreed-upon metrics.

5) Efficient - process management includes deliberate process optimization/improvement.

Amish tech processes seem to me higher up the chain than most people, so from this point of view, they are actually more advanced..

I think it's more like they're willing to outsource / be late adopters, so that when they're seriously thinking about a technology it's already on Stage 4 or 5

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