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Mark Lynas: truth, treachery and GM food

Mark Lynas: truth, treachery and GM food | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism |
Mark Lynas spent years destroying genetically modified crops in the name of the environment. Now he's told the world that he was wrong. So why did he change his mind?
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The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts: Adam Curtis on Cybernetics, Ecology & Power |

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I was referred to this article from a member in Systems Thinking World in a discussion about capitalism and avoiding apolocapse. I don't know much about cybernetics as being different from system dynamics and system thinking, so more investigation is in order. But the article provides things to think about regarding politics and the idea of natural equilibrium in terms of cybernetics, ecology and power. Interesting bits of historical information as well.

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Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time

Society's techno-social systems are becoming ever faster and more computer-orientated. However, far from simply generating faster versions of existing behaviour, we show that this speed-up can generate a new behavioural regime as humans lose the ability to intervene in real time. Analyzing millisecond-scale data for the world's largest and most powerful techno-social system, the global financial market, we uncover an abrupt transition to a new all-machine phase characterized by large numbers of subsecond extreme events. The proliferation of these subsecond events shows an intriguing correlation with the onset of the system-wide financial collapse in 2008. Our findings are consistent with an emerging ecology of competitive machines featuring ‘crowds’ of predatory algorithms, and highlight the need for a new scientific theory of subsecond financial phenomena.


Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time
Neil Johnson Guannan Zhao Eric Hunsader Hong Qi Nicholas Johnson Jing Meng Brian Tivnan

Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 2627

Via Complexity Digest, Ashish Umre
Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, September 21, 2013 2:26 PM

This is proof that speed and complexity will syncronize creating patterns. This was proven earlier by a simple on/off experiment with lights. simple rules create complex patterns - you don't need conscious intervention. The impact of these patterns, however are sourced by life......


Fab GOUX-BAUDIMENT's curator insight, September 23, 2013 5:20 AM

here we are... at the dawn of a human-machine competition?