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The Power of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer, Understand the Brain, and Predict the Future

The Power of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer, Understand the Brain, and Predict the Future | Innovation, complexity and stuff | Scoop.it

But those secrets were hidden for decades. Science, in general, is a lot better at breaking complex things into tiny parts than it is at figuring out how tiny parts turn into complex things. When it came to figuring out collectives, nobody had the methods or the math.


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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: The Power of Power Laws

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: The Power of Power Laws | Innovation, complexity and stuff | Scoop.it
We’re shifting from a Gaussian world to a Paretian world, with profound implications for business. Johann Gauss was a famous mathematician in the 18th century and Vilfredo Pareto was a great economist who lived across the cusp of the 19th...
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How to Spot the Future | Wired Business | Wired.com

How to Spot the Future | Wired Business | Wired.com | Innovation, complexity and stuff | Scoop.it
“ Wired lays out seven rules for identifying the trends, technologies, and ideas that will change the world.”
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Hacking the President’s DNA

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The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information.
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Scary stuff!

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The economics of innovation: From profligate to frugal? | Accenture Outlook

The economics of innovation: From profligate to frugal? | Accenture Outlook | Innovation, complexity and stuff | Scoop.it
It’s time to rethink innovation—no “breakthroughs” or “game changing” required.
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Biohacking: The next great wave of innovation - O'Reilly Radar

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I've been following synthetic biology for the past year or so, and we're about to see some big changes. Synthetic bio seems to be now where the computer industry...
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The democratisation of biology, is this an emerging security threat?

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Scientist/Artist: Experimenting, Reflecting, Creating: Adorno and the Abstract: Innovations, New Ideas and the Non-Judgemental Judgement

Scientist/Artist: Experimenting, Reflecting, Creating: Adorno and the Abstract: Innovations, New Ideas and the Non-Judgemental Judgement | Innovation, complexity and stuff | Scoop.it
Adorno, the abstract, aesthetics, and innovation http://t.co/XTcbMdGXpA
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Agility_Advantage_Book.pdf

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Peter Francis's curator insight, May 10, 2013 2:27 PM

Interesting.... 

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Leadership: immersion in emergence (learning to busk it)

Leadership: immersion in emergence (learning to busk it) | Innovation, complexity and stuff | Scoop.it
Managing complexity is one thing, but are you ready for immersion in emergence?

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Peter Francis's curator insight, May 9, 2013 6:07 PM

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Frameworks, trade-spaces, matrices: engineering thinking in management results in big, stagnant bureaucracies

The most important function of management, particularly executive management, is setting future direction. That implies decisions and choices about the present and future. Because engineering think...
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Complex Systems Analysis-A Necessary Tool for Homeland Security

Complex Systems Analysis-A Necessary Tool for Homeland Security | Innovation, complexity and stuff | Scoop.it
Many of the threats the United States faces, and many of the means available to counter them, are embedded in webs of complex systems-from the transportation networks to the electrical grids.The responsibilities of the DHS include making the...

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Betty Cares's curator insight, April 21, 2013 9:55 AM

A few years old but worth a look

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:44 AM

Very good concepts of Complex Systems and  its applications to critical Homeland Security issues. 

Deserves a carefull reading.

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Eliminate targets

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"Systems thinkers know a number of counter-intuitive truths."  John Seddon One of these counter-intuitive truths is that "when you manage costs, your costs go up. When you learn to manage value, yo...

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Erik Brynjolfsson: The key to growth? Race with the machines

As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us … if we think of computers as our teammates. Be sure to watch the opposing viewpoint from Robert Gordon.


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Complexity Digest's curator insight, April 24, 2013 12:02 PM

Interesting views and data about human-machine symbiosis.

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The Power of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer, Understand the Brain, and Predict the Future

The Power of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer, Understand the Brain, and Predict the Future | Innovation, complexity and stuff | Scoop.it

But those secrets were hidden for decades. Science, in general, is a lot better at breaking complex things into tiny parts than it is at figuring out how tiny parts turn into complex things. When it came to figuring out collectives, nobody had the methods or the math.


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Futures Thinking: The Basics

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“ The first in an occasional series about the tools and methods for thinking about the future in a structured, useful way.For nearly the past fifteen years, I've been working as a futurist.”
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WAM! Let's Talk Again - WorldAfterMidnight Version2 - YouTube

Have you ever experienced that moment when the drawing of the old witch transforms into a young lady? Or stared at a Magic Eye picture of coloured dots to su...
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The Explore-Exploit Tradeoff and The Curse of Familiarity

The Explore-Exploit Tradeoff and The Curse of Familiarity | Innovation, complexity and stuff | Scoop.it
The Explore Vs. Exploit tradeoff is everywhere you look. You are given two coins. One is fair and the other has an unknown bias. You know which is which. You are to play a game with 100 tries. In e...
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What Business Can Learn from Organized Crime

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Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Innovation | Harold Jarche

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Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity

Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity | Innovation, complexity and stuff | Scoop.it
Three factors have kept complexity science out of C-suites -- until now.
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Matt M's comment, May 11, 2013 12:00 AM
A managers appreciation of complexity is deeply influenced by the way they know and think about the world (ontological position), a predominantly reductionist mindset exists based on scientific management principles and reinforced by the classical education system and society in general I.e. we are conditioned to reduce and identify cause and effect as ways of understanding the world. Perhaps fostering change in this world view is a necessary first step towards embracing complexity management approaches? If so, the irony is that in all likelihood such an approach would be deemed intellectually interesting yet an inefficient and sub-optimal use of time!
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The Nature of Innovation - Feature - innovateuk

By examining the nature of innovation, we can gain a greater understanding of how innovation...
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The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet...

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The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel
“The average human brain has a hundred billion neurons and synapses on the order of a hundred trillion or so. But it’s not just sheer...
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Complexity forces the distinction between strategy and planning

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Following the publishing of his latest book, "Playing to Win", Roger Martin has made a paramount distinction between strategy and planning. Having the greatest respect for Roger Martin's thinking, ...
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Creativity & Innovation

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Between holism and reductionism: a philosophical primer on emergence

Ever since Darwin a great deal of the conceptual history of biology may be read as a struggle between two philosophical positions: reductionism and holism. On the one hand, we have the reductionist claim that evolution has to be understood in terms of changes at the fundamental causal level of the gene. As Richard Dawkins famously put it, organisms are just ‘lumbering robots’ in the service of their genetic masters. On the other hand, there is a long holistic tradition that focuses on the complexity of developmental systems, on the non-linearity of gene– environment interactions, and on multi-level selective processes to argue that the full story of biology is a bit more complicated than that. Reductionism can marshal on its behalf the spectacular successes of genetics and molecular biology throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Holism has built on the development of entirely new disciplines and conceptual frameworks over the past few decades, including evo-devo and phenotypic plasticity. Yet, a number of biologists are still actively looking for a way out of the reductionism–holism counterposition, often mentioning the word ‘emergence’ as a way to deal with the conundrum. This paper briefly examines the philosophical history of the concept of emergence, distinguishes between epistemic and ontological accounts of it, and comments on conceptions of emergence that can actually be useful for practising evolutionary biologists.

 

Between holism and reductionism: a philosophical primer on emergence
Massimo Pigliucci
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (2013)

http://philpapers.org/rec/PIGBHA


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cerebster's curator insight, April 25, 2013 10:07 PM

It is important to understand emergence because it factors into discussions about control, knowledge, and free will, especially in neuroscience. It occupies a middle ground between prescribed rules and unpredictability. Now the task is to apply the concept productively to science.

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How and why our conventional economic thinking causes global crises

(...) we are now living in a strongly coupled and strongly interdependent world, which poses new challenges. While it is probably unrealistic to go back beyond the level of networking and globalization we have reached, there is a great potential to develop new management approaches for our complex world based on suitable interaction rules and adaptive concepts, using real-time measurements.


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Complejidady Economía's curator insight, March 3, 2013 9:04 PM

¿Cómo y por qué el pensamiento económico convencional provoca las crisis mundiales?