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Didier Sornette: How we can predict the next financial crisis

The 2007-2008 financial crisis, you might think, was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. (And he's seeing it happen again, right now.)


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Bernard Ryefield's curator insight, June 17, 2013 4:14 PM

 

Didier Sornette theory of Dragon-Kings vs Black Swans is supported by a number of concepts from complexity science and certainly needs close scrutinity.

 

The Illusion of the Perpetual Money Machine

D. Sornette, P. Cauwels

http://arxiv.org/abs/1212.2833

 

Dragon Kings, Black Swans and the Prediction of Crises

Didier Sornette

http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.4290

 

Predictability and suppression of extreme events in complex systems

Hugo L. D. de Souza Cavalcante, Marcos Oria, Didier Sornette, Edward Ott, Daniel J. Gauthier

http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.0244

 

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 18, 2013 3:30 PM

si non é vero...é ben trovato!

ComplexInsight's curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:05 AM

Didier Sornette and team's work .- highlights role of how system feedback can drive a variety of systems through phase transition resulting in dramatic structural and behavioural change in system behaviour.  While many of the underpinning ideas presented have been discussed extensively in the fields of chaos and complex systems - his teams methods of  analysis and publication combined with the variety of systems he and his team study will hopefully help gain a wider acceptance of using these methods to understand, model and steer systems behaviour. A video well worth watching.

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Emily Monosson – Robot evolution

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Hod Lipson’s artificial organisms have already escaped from the virtual realm. Now he wants to send them out of control
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Synthetic Biology Begins To Deliver

Synthetic Biology Begins To Deliver | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

Synthetic biology moves us from reading to writing DNA, allowing us to design biological systems from scratch for any number of applications. Its capabilities are becoming clearer, its first products and processes emerging. Synthetic biology’s reach already extends from reducing our dependence on oil to transforming how we develop medicines and food crops. It is being heralded as the next big thing; whether it fulfils that expectation remains to be seen. It will require collaboration and multi-disciplinary approaches to development, application and regulation. Interesting times ahead!


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Avatar-A: Scientists prepare for human brain transplant

Following the steps of James Cameron, a young Russian media mogul has launched his own Avatar project. Dmitry Itskov does not want to explore a new planet, t...
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SILK PAVILION

The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales. The primary structure was created…
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TED Talk Asks: How Can We Build A School In The Cloud? - Edudemic

TED Talk Asks: How Can We Build A School In The Cloud? - Edudemic | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
What if we could all send our children to a school in the cloud as Sugata Mitra suggests in a new TED Talk? Would you go? What would it look like?
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Neil Gershenfeld on Fab Labs | Video on TED.com

MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld talks about his Fab Lab -- a low-cost lab that lets people build things they need using digital and analog tools. It's a simple idea with powerful results.
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Moran Cerf: Hacking the brain

Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist who has shown how to project patients’ thoughts onto a screen in front of their eyes by implanting electrodes deep inside their brains…
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Where is genetic testing taking us? - Telegraph

Where is genetic testing taking us? - Telegraph | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Checks for predisposition to disease, such as the one that led actress Angelina Jolie to undergo a double mastectomy, are now common, but so are fears for what might come next.
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Will 'Digital Ethnic Cleansing' Be Part of the Internet's Future?

Will 'Digital Ethnic Cleansing' Be Part of the Internet's Future? | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen, and Steve Clemons discuss the political limitations of the Internet.
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People need to think about ethics of bringing back Ice Age animals - Telegraph

People need to think about ethics of bringing back Ice Age animals  - Telegraph | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
People should start ‘grappling with’ the idea of bringing Ice Age animals back from the dead because scientists are on the brink of achieving it, says TV presenter Alice Roberts.
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Bluescape, the Touchscreen That Covers a Wall

Bluescape, the Touchscreen That Covers a Wall | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Haworth and Obscura Digital's digital whiteboard can hold 160 acres of virtual space
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Why Teaching a Robot to Fetch a Cup of Coffee Matters - IEEE Spectrum

Why Teaching a Robot to Fetch a Cup of Coffee Matters - IEEE Spectrum | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
In robotics, as in life, it often takes small steps to reach a big goal
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3D-Printed 'Bionic' Ear Can Hear Beyond Human Ability | #cyborgs

3D-Printed 'Bionic' Ear Can Hear Beyond Human Ability | #cyborgs | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Princeton scientists developed a "bionic" ear that can hear radio frequencies human can't, by using 3D-printed materials combined with special electronics.

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luiy's curator insight, June 13, 2013 6:22 AM

Scientists at Princeton University have designed a bionic ear that can hear better than human ears. And get this: It was printed using an off-the-shelf 3D printer.

 

We've heard of 3D printers someday building human organs before, but what's noteworthy about this project is this printed ear intertwines embedded electronics. These Princeton researchers basically 3D-printed cells and nanoparticles, and then combined a small coil antenna with cartilage to create this "bionic" ear, according to the university.

 

The result was a fully-functional organ that can hear radio frequencies a million times higher than our human ears, lead researcher Michael McAlpine told Mashable.

 

"The way that our ear hears now is we pick up acoustic signals and then we convert those into electrical signals that go to our brain," said McAlpine, who is an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton. "What this ear does is it has this electronic coil on it and it picks up electronic signals directly."

 

McAlpine said he and his research team basically wanted to ask the question of whether they could grow an organ in a petri dish, with the electronics intertwined into the organ as it grew. Their successful project used a $1,000 3D printer to print the cells with the electronics (see video below). The "ear" was then put in a dish so the cells could culture for 10 weeks into cartilage tissue.

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Mike Matas: A next-generation digital book

http://www.ted.com Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad -- with clever, swipeable video and graphics and s...
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Mankind's survival requires another great leap forward

Mankind's survival requires another great leap forward | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Observer editorial: If we are to prosper, we must control how we treat the planet
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Psychedelic Academe-Research into mind-altering drugs is back.

Psychedelic Academe-Research into mind-altering drugs is back. | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Research into mind-altering drugs is back. But the field is still on the edges of academic consciousness.

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Research into mind-altering drugs is back.

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You don't have to spend much time at the six-day second international Psychedelic Science conference in downtown Oakland to learn that not all its 1,900 attendees are academic scientists, and that few are strangers to the power of mind-bending drugs.

On my first day, boarding the conference's sunset cruise of San Francisco Bay, I meet Chad, a middle-aged man dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, who says his trips with magic mushrooms have reawakened him to the beauty of existence. "I am here out of curiosity," he explains, adding that he has a desire to understand what he has experienced. "It is just really nice to know they are breaking through some of the barriers with formal research. God knows there is a lot of informal research."

As the sun sets behind the Golden Gate Bridge, I meet Seabrook. Wearing rings in both ears and a flower badge pinned to his cap, he says he has never had a bad trip in more than 20 LSD experiences. "The main thing I love about this is it is a reunion—I have so many old friends here it is like a family," he says.

At least half the attendees on the cruise disembark early in San Francisco to join a celebration of Bicycle Day, commemorating the day in April 1943 that the Swiss chemist Albert Hofman sampled the lysergic acid diethylamide compound that he'd discovered and then rode his bike home.

But dotted among the conference's psychedelic aficionados, who along with healers, artists, and activists make up the bulk of attendees, are members of another tribe. Researchers in psychiatry and psychology are here presenting their latest findings on the use of psychedelics to help treat anxiety disorders and addictions for which conventional treatments don't always work.


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Big Data Needs a Big Theory to Go with It

Big Data Needs a Big Theory to Go with It | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it

As the world becomes increasingly complex and interconnected, some of our biggest challenges have begun to seem intractable. What should we do about uncertainty in the financial markets? How can we predict energy supply and demand? How will climate change play out? How do we cope with rapid urbanization? Our traditional approaches to these problems are often qualitative and disjointed and lead to unintended consequences. To bring scientific rigor to the challenges of our time, we need to develop a deeper understanding of complexity itself.


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Luciano Lampi's curator insight, May 30, 2013 9:25 AM

A concise and objective tour over CAS!

Víctor Farré's curator insight, June 4, 2013 6:00 AM

Si integramos la complejdad en una nueva teoría más holística, paradojicamente llegamos a la conclusión de que se podfrán hacer algunas predicciones probabilisticas sobre algunos parámetros escogidos de sistemas complejos como el mercado financiero de base digital. En resumen se podrá establecer la probabilidad de un crash financiero en los próximos siete años. Big Deal! 

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Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people | Video on TED.com

Architect Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses?

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Who dares to dodge Google's information tax?

Who dares to dodge Google's information tax? | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
McKenzie Wark: In exchange for giving up our personal data, we get to watch each other's cat videos, while Google becomes the new state
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Brain can be trained in compassion, study shows

Brain can be trained in compassion, study shows | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Until now, little was scientifically known about the human potential to cultivate compassion—the emotional state of caring for people who are suffering in a way that motivates altruistic behavior.
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Scientists unravel the mysteries of the teenage brain - Telegraph

Scientists unravel the mysteries of the teenage brain - Telegraph | Embodied Zeitgeist | Scoop.it
Teenage mood swings were immortalised in Harry Enfield’s comedy character Kevin, but now scientists are researching exactly why he and his real-life peers feel everything is “so unfair.”
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The Zeitgeist Movement Interview

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Cenk Uygur (The Young Turks) sits down with Peter Joseph, founder of the Zeitgeist movement and creator of Zeitgeist, The Movie. The Zeitgeist movement's g
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Conscious computing: how to take control of your life online

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Twitter, Facebook, Google… we know the internet is driving us to distraction. But could sitting at your computer actually calm you down? Oliver Burkeman investigates the slow web movement

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Back in the summer of 2008 – a long time ago, in internet terms, two years before Instagram, and around the time of Twitter's second birthday – the US writer Nicholas Carr published a now famous essay in the Atlantic magazine entitled Is Google Making Us Stupid? The more time he spent online, Carr reported, the more he experienced the sensation that something was eating away at his brain. "I'm not thinking the way I used to think," he wrote. Increasingly, he'd sit down with a book, but then find himself unable to focus for more than two or three pages: "I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I'm always dragging my wayward brain back to the text." Reading, he recalled, used to feel like scuba diving in a sea of words. But now "I zip along the surface like a guy on a jetski."

In the half-decade since Carr's essay appeared, we've endured countless scare stories about the life-destroying effects of the internet, and by and large they've been debunked. No, the web probably isn't addictive in the sense that nicotine or heroin are; no, Facebook and Twitter aren't guilty of "killing conversation" or corroding real-life friendship or making children autistic. Yes, the internet is "changing our brains", but then so does everything – and, contrary to the claims of one especially panicky Newsweek cover story, it certainly isn't "driving us mad".


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