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Life in the City Is Essentially One Giant Math Problem

Life in the City Is Essentially One Giant Math Problem | Complex Management | Scoop.it

Glen Whitney stands at a point on the surface of the Earth, north latitude 40.742087, west longitude 73.988242, which is near the center of Madison Square Park, in New York City. Behind him is the city’s newest museum, the Museum of Mathematics, which Whitney, a former Wall Street trader, founded and now runs as executive director. He is facing one of New York’s landmarks, the Flatiron Building, which got its name because its wedge- like shape reminded people of a clothes iron. Whitney observes that from this perspective you can’t tell that the building, following the shape of its block, is actually a right triangle—a shape that would be useless for pressing clothes—although the models sold in souvenir shops represent it in idealized form as an isosceles, with equal angles at the base. People want to see things as symmetrical, he muses. He points to the building’s narrow prow, whose outline corresponds to the acute angle at which Broadway crosses Fifth Avenue.

 

“The cross street here is 23rd Street,” Whitney says, “and if you measure the angle at the building’s point, it is close to 23 degrees, which also happens to be approximately the angle of inclination of the Earth’s axis of rotation.”


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The city and the matemathician! Beautiful !

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Clint Smith : "Danger of silence

Poet and teacher Clint Smith : "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't…

 


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The silent complexity....

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Complex Operational Decision Making in Networked Systems of Humans and Machines: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Complex Operational Decision Making in Networked Systems of Humans and Machines:  A Multidisciplinary Approach | Complex Management | Scoop.it
Complex Operational Decision Making in Networked Systems of Humans and Machines: A Multidisciplinary Approach explores the possibilities for better decision making through collaboration between humans and computers. ...
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...a new partnership? 

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Dirk Helbing: Keynote: How to Create a Better World - YouTube

http://2014.sotm-eu.org/en/slots/28 Planetary Nervous System, Global Participatory Platform, Social Information Technologies: How to Create a Better World It...
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an excellent link between the present and future under the point of view of complexity and ICT trends. 

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The direction of evolution: The rise of cooperative organization

The direction of evolution: The rise of cooperative organization | Complex Management | Scoop.it

Two great trends are evident in the evolution of life on Earth: towards increasing diversification and towards increasing integration. Diversification has spread living processes across the planet, progressively increasing the range of environments and free energy sources exploited by life. Integration has proceeded through a stepwise process in which living entities at one level are integrated into cooperative groups that become larger-scale entities at the next level, and so on, producing cooperative organizations of increasing scale (for example, cooperative groups of simple cells gave rise to the more complex eukaryote cells, groups of these gave rise to multi-cellular organisms, and cooperative groups of these organisms produced animal societies). The trend towards increasing integration has continued during human evolution with the progressive increase in the scale of human groups and societies. The trends towards increasing diversification and integration are both driven by selection. An understanding of the trajectory and causal drivers of the trends suggests that they are likely to culminate in the emergence of a global entity. This entity would emerge from the integration of the living processes, matter, energy and technology of the planet into a global cooperative organization. Such an integration of the results of previous diversifications would enable the global entity to exploit the widest possible range of resources across the varied circumstances of the planet. This paper demonstrates that it's case for directionality meets the tests and criticisms that have proven fatal to previous claims for directionality in evolution.

 

The direction of evolution: The rise of cooperative organization
John E. Stewart

Biosystems
Available online 1 June 2014

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystems.2014.05.006


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is this the end of stove pipes?

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Eli Levine's curator insight, June 15, 10:06 PM

Cooperation is the best way to improve, sustain, maintain, and repair.  Competition is what drives everyone and everything towards something different, be it competition for resources or competition against the elements around us.

 

I don't get what the point of competition amongst the species is for.  Part of cooperation, after all, is knowing what works, learning about what could work better or doesn't work, and then letting the negative or sub-optimal slip back beneath the waves of ignorance, such that the new ways can rise to prominence.

 

Change is the only constant in this universe of universes.

 

Yet cooperation, I think, yields the higher and stronger of the universal structures that are out there, even if it means that there are still losers and winners.  The only difference is the level of consent and consensus that's reached within the social, ecological, economical, and/or political landscape.  One way works towards what is best.  The other way simply yields what is best at competing, which is not the same as being the actual best solution to a given problem or condition.

 

Think about it.

Ra's curator insight, June 22, 6:02 AM

Have I been reading too much science fiction?

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ROBOT becomes world's first artificial intelligence company director - Daily Mail

ROBOT becomes world's first artificial intelligence company director - Daily Mail | Complex Management | Scoop.it
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ROBOT becomes world's first artificial intelligence company director
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In a world first, Japanese venture capital firm, Deep Knowledge, recently named an artificial intelligence (AI) to its board of directors.

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Is this a new journey for company boards?

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The Strange New Science of Chaos - YouTube

A 1989 program, with Lorenz


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to be watched by the new generations!  old certitudes and new doubts?

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 31, 3:08 PM

I <3 Science.

It just keeps learning more and more about the universe, ourselves and ourselves within the universe.

It doesn't stop, until we stop.

 

The lessons that are discussed here are applicable to our social sciences and questions of governance, especially the non-linear nature of society, economy and social psychology and the importance of initial conditions.

 

It's not a stable universe.

 

And we're living and apart of the instability!

 

Think about it.

Vasileios Basios's curator insight, April 1, 9:43 AM

Wow! such a rare delightful material .... Ralph Abraham and Lorenz who could imagine!

Liz Rykert's curator insight, April 19, 9:56 PM

Great to hear Lorenz

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Finding Harmony in Cross-Border Risk Management | Corporate Counsel

Finding Harmony in Cross-Border Risk Management | Corporate Counsel | Complex Management | Scoop.it
The Association of Corporate Counsel's litigation committee walked in-house lawyers through a program on 'Managing Risk in Diverging Legal Systems.' (Finding Harmony in Cross-Border Risk Management http://t.co/sDJMVYVPYZ...
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This is a real cross cultural challenge! 

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Here Is Exactly Why You Wish You Were Self-Employed | TIME

Here Is Exactly Why You Wish You Were Self-Employed | TIME | Complex Management | Scoop.it
In 1952, as the age of the Organization Man dawned, Peter Drucker wrote an article in Fortune titled “How to Be an Employee.” In it, he dispensed all sorts of advice, including tips on how to communicate with your boss, how to figure out what kind of job is right for you and even how to tell ...
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Self employment is not so simple!

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80% of IT Professionals Pressured to Deliver Projects Despite Security Concerns

80% of IT Professionals Pressured to Deliver Projects Despite Security Concerns | Complex Management | Scoop.it
A long-standing cultural issue and dramatic false economy. Research by Trustwave calls this out, but it isn't new.  Jane Frankland highlighted this issue in a paper 10 years ago (one she is likely ...
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Think!

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Human opinion dynamics: An inspiration to solve complex optimization problems : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

Human opinion dynamics: An inspiration to solve complex optimization problems : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group | Complex Management | Scoop.it
Human interactions give rise to the formation of different kinds of opinions in a society. The study of formations and dynamics of opinions has been one of the most important areas in social physics.

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Humanrithms....

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António F Fonseca's curator insight, December 28, 2013 7:14 AM

Another paper on opinion dynamics.

Claude Emond's curator insight, January 20, 5:51 PM

Opinions are an unescapable part of sharing and influencing the direction of collective intelligence

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Special issue: What is reality? - New Scientist

Special issue: What is reality? - New Scientist | Complex Management | Scoop.it
The more we learn about reality, the less we understand it. Our special collection of articles explores how we define reality, what it could be and whether it exists

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Dream about this question....

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FastTFriend's curator insight, December 21, 2013 5:39 AM

 But what is reality? The more we probe it, the harder it becomes to comprehend. In the eight articles on this page we take a tour of our fundamental understanding of the world around us, starting with an attempt to define reality and ending with the idea that whatever reality is, it isn’t what it seems.

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Complex_Adaptive.pdf

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Know how complex adaptive systems can be applied to health care organizations and how Brazil is fighting AIDS.  Think different!

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Air launch, big and small | The Space Review

Air launch, big and small | The Space Review | Complex Management | Scoop.it

While the concept of air launch seems compelling, such systems have failed to have much effect on the overall launch market. Jeff Foust reports on two different air launch ventures, one by DARPA and one funded by Paul Allen, attacking the air launch idea from two very different directions.


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Much less complex to manage?

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Against the Smart City

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Post by Michael Batty

Absolutely the best thing to read on the corporate hype and innuendos from the big computer companies pedalling the idea of ‘the smart city’. Adam Greenfield’s new book – that you can only get on Kindle and which was my first Kindle purchase that I read on my iPad (a success I must say) – is a wonderful and eloquent essay on the extreme hype surrounding the top down new town-like smart cities of Songdo (in South Korea), Masdar (in the UAE), PlanIT Valley (near Paredes in Portugal). He also comments on Singapore, Rio de Janeiro and some of the other established cities who are injecting automation into their urban services and other functions from the top down. His message is that most of the smart cities hype associated with IBM, Cisco, and Siemens amongst others which he recounts in detail is based on the most simplistic of notions as to what a city actually is. 

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Smart.....Intelligent.....Complex?

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David Week's curator insight, July 14, 3:30 PM

At last someone said it: the "Smart City" is hype.


In fact, whenever you hear the word "smart" associated with regulations ("Smart Code"), policy ("Smart Growth") or technology ("Smart Phones", "Smart Cities") it's hype. Inanimate objects aren't smart. So the most that this can mean is that the regulation, policy or software writers are really smart.


And you have to ask how smart someone can be if they go around touting themselves as smart. Because for me, someone saying they're really smart makes them sound really dumb.

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Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong

Jill Lepore: What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong | Complex Management | Scoop.it
Clayton Christensen’s theory of “disruptive innovation” is founded on anxiety, fear, and shaky evidence.
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tired of Innovation? 

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FrenchWeb : "Paradigme, transactionnel | Le Bitcoin, bien plus qu'une « monnaie »

FrenchWeb : "Paradigme, transactionnel | Le Bitcoin, bien plus qu'une « monnaie » | Complex Management | Scoop.it

Adeline. Raynal : "Si, jusque là, le Bitcoin a largement  été évoqué en tant que monnaie, il est en fait davantage un système de transaction certifié. C’est un peu comme si la confiance des acteurs économiques dans les institutions financière centrales était remplacée par une confiance en un protocole informatique. Dès lors, nombre d’autres applications peuvent être imaginées. Le système pourrait permettre de certifier les transactions non monétaires, pour tout système voulant se passer d’une autorité centrale…

 


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bypassing bureaucratic complexity!

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14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World - Business Insider

14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World - Business Insider | Complex Management | Scoop.it
Business Insider
14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World
Business Insider
Context-aware computing: Computers that can both sense and react to their environment.

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More complexity or simplicity?

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Complex Thinking for a Complex World – About Reductionism, Disjunction and Systemism, by Edgar Morin

This article is based on the keynote address presented to the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR) in 2012, on the occasion of Edgar Morin receiving the Bertalanffy Prize in Complexity Thinking, awarded by the Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS).
The following theses will be elaborated on: (a) The whole is at the same time more and less than its parts; (b) We must abandon the term "object" for systems because all the objects are systems and parts of systems; (c) System and organization are the two faces of the same reality; (d) Eco-systems illustrate self-organization.

 

Complex Thinking for a Complex World – About Reductionism, Disjunction and Systemism
Edgar Morin

Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology Vol 2, No 1 (2014)

http://www.systema-journal.org/article/view/257


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objects versus systems?

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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 13, 10:21 PM

There is a kind of meditation in Buddhist practice known as analytical meditation.  It's purpose is to inform us about an object, all of its properties and all of the associations, connections and contexts that it can have in the individual and collective sense. 

 

We're not going to be perfect coming up with all of the connections all of the time.  However, I think it's a good starting basis for the purposes of analyzing complex systems and all of the layered, interconnected parts.  We are one, and one is all.

 

The universe is us as well as around us.


And that's a scientific fact, it seems.

 

Think about it.

luiy's curator insight, May 1, 9:20 PM

In this light is interesting to consider the nature of life. Living systems represent a complex type of organization. The organization of a living system is more complex than the  organization of the molecules of which it is composed. However, this organization is  achieved using only molecules from the physical universe – living systems are not made from something like ‘living matter’, but from ordinary physical and chemical substances.


“Life” is a property created through complex self-organisation. Life is characterized by processes of self-reproduction and self-repair, processes that involve knowledge and  memory. The central feature of a living system is the self-organizational capacity to produce
and reproduce itself. However, as von Foerster noted, calling this self-organisation is paradoxical, because the organizational processes of life require a continuous input of energy. We need energy even when we sleep – energy to drive our heartbeat, our digestion, our breathing. We use energy in all moments of life. However, we also need to compensate for the dissipation of energy in line with the second law of thermodynamics, and this means we must take in energy from the environment. We do this by ingesting material  that contains energy, and to this we need knowledge of the environment, and in particular knowledge of the organization of the environment. So self-organisation requires an interplay between the knowledge of how to organize the self and the knowledge of how the environment is organized.

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Teaching with Data, Simulations and Models ~ National Science Foundation

Teaching with Data, Simulations and Models ~ National Science Foundation | Complex Management | Scoop.it
Today's geoscience education reaches beyond the traditional teaching tools such as rock samples and topographic maps. With the addition of computers in many geoscience classrooms and laboratories, faculty have unprecedented opportunity to create innovative learning experiences by bringing real-world data sets and models and simulations of geoscience processes into the classroom. This site provides resources to help faculty use these resources effectively and easily, by providing access to teaching materials, tips from the classroom and literature about the supporting pedagogy.

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is this trend replacing travels?

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▶ Chaos, Complexity, and Public Policy

Irene Sanders Executive Director and Founder of the Washington Center for Complexity and Public Policy and author of "Strategic Thinking and the New Science: Planning in the Midst of Chaos, Complexity, and Change."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXxs-JtvkkQ


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are our politicians aware of these concepts?

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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 11, 2:09 PM

A way cool panel discussion.  I wish I could be a full practitioner of this new, empirically based governing and political strategic thinking.

Liz Rykert's curator insight, February 12, 10:34 AM

Loving these new video resources for understanding complexity and it applications.

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Complex Adaptive Systems - Area 51 - Stack Exchange

Complex Adaptive Systems
Proposed Q&A site for economists, biologists, physicists, and anyone interested in emergent behavior.

http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/64773/complex-adaptive-systems


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are our economists still thinking linearly? do they know emergent behavior?

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MIT vs. IDEO: Opposing Approaches Design the Internet of Things | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

MIT vs. IDEO: Opposing Approaches Design the Internet of Things | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Complex Management | Scoop.it
Image: keoni101/Flickr Designing for the Internet of Things (IoT) may seem like it is technology driven, but there is another approach worth consideration.

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These are "The many faces of INNOVATIO"!

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Richard Platt's curator insight, January 12, 10:52 AM

We know Marcus, he's a good chap, but when it comes to design of anything, including devices and platforms for IoT, we counter his preference of Art vs. Engineering approach that it isn't one or the other, it's both.  Engineering the process,  having & using the tools for functionality and knowing what the customers and end users really want and need 1st. Then through knowing what all the ingredients are then you can truly enable the Art approach of turning the solutions into works of beauty and elegance.  


It is both Art and Engineering, and I learned that basic approach by working on Bonsai for going on now +23 years. Well in advance of my degreee in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and applying that towards the process of innovating

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The Little Book of IDEO: Values

We wrote this to give you a sense of IDEO’s culture—the ties that bind us together as coworkers and as people. Read more: http://blog.slideshare.net/2014/01
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Emergence comes from culture and innovation!

 

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Tech trends: What to watch in 2014

Tech trends: What to watch in 2014 | Complex Management | Scoop.it
Analysts say that 2014 could be the year when the rough sketches about the future of technology, and how it affects our lives, get fleshed out. Check out what they mean.

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si non é vero é ben trovato!

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