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1 Not restrained by definite limits, restrictions, or structure. 2 Allowing for or adaptable to change. 3 Allowing for a spontaneous, unstructured response
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Matternet

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The Matternet Vision from Matternet on Vimeo.
Matternet is the next paradigm of transportation using a network of unmanned aerial vehicles.
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Edgar Morin, a New way of thinking, Unesco courier 1996; http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0010/001025/102554eo.pdf#102542

Edgar Morin, a New way of thinking, Unesco courier 1996; http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0010/001025/102554eo.pdf#102542 | open-ended processes | Scoop.it

Surely, before starting to look for order in a chaotic world
we should make an effort to set our own minds in order. But though this may
be a necessary first step, it can be misleading. If we go no further, if we
regard the point of departure as the destination, if we consider as certainties
what are at best only approximations, if we mix up the parts with the whole,
we adopt a reductionist outlook on the world. And sooner or later a price
must be paid.

 

Admittedly, it is impossible to know every¬
thing about the world or to grasp its many
and varied transformations. But no matter
how difficult this may be, an attempt must be
made to understand the key problems of the
world, for otherwise we would be cognitive
idiots. This is particularly true today because
the context of all political, economic, anthro¬
pological and ecological knowledge has
become global. As a result of globalization,
everything must be situated in the planetary
context. Knowledge of the world as such is
necessary both for intellectual satisfaction and
for life itself. Every citizen faces the problem
of gaining access to information about the
world, and then of piecing it together and
organizing it. To do this, a new form of
thinking is needed.

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Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education | Video on TED.com

Future of education and not only, An enjoyable must! TED Talks Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education.

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TEDxBoston - César A. Hidalgo - Global Product Space

Global Economic Development: The Product Space and the Evolution of the Wealth of Nations from the Perspective of a Complexity Scientist About TEDx, x = inde...
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Video: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi applies network theory to biology | TEDMED Blog

Video: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi applies network theory to biology | TEDMED Blog | open-ended processes | Scoop.it

Brilliant vision on the future of medicine

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The City as an Ecosystem

The City as an Ecosystem | open-ended processes | Scoop.it

 

Cities are not machines for living in – despite what Le Corbusier’s doctrine insists. They are much more magical and strange than that. Cities are about people. As such, they cannot be ‘solved’, productized or homogenized. Cities are people that need to be engaged in culturally beneficial exchanges between individuals, communities, societies and nations. A city is a place you want to live in, grow up in, fall in love in, see your family thrive in and when you pass on, you will bestow it with traces of your life that remain entangled in its fabric. After all – it is your city.

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Notabilia – Visualizing Deletion Discussions on Wikipedia

Notabilia – Visualizing Deletion Discussions on Wikipedia | open-ended processes | Scoop.it

As Doc Searls recently put it, Wikipedia is, like the protocols of the Net, "a set of agreements". A Web protocol defines the way in which computers communicate with each other and make decisions to ensure successful transactions. Wikipedia policies have the same purpose, but instead of transactions between machines, they regulate human decisions. An important part of these decisions bear on what topics are suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia and what topics are not. The present project looks into the nature and shape of collective decisions about the inclusion of a topic in Wikipedia.

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Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy | Video on TED.com

TED Talks In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out).

 

“Fire made us human, fossil fuels made us modern, but now we need a new fire that makes us safe, secure, healthy and durable.”

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Empires: The Film

very interesting documentary on kickstarter campaign; Empires explores the impact of networks on histories and philosophies of political thought.

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Watch the video - "it is time to get out of your cozy Holocene cave"

we are welcomed to the anthropocene....

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Why Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny

Why Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny | open-ended processes | Scoop.it
The new field of epigenetics is showing how your environment and your choices can influence your genetic code — and that of your kids...
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Dichotomistic logic - the twelve axioms of organic logic

Dichotomistic logic - the twelve axioms of organic logic | open-ended processes | Scoop.it
Now we are at the heart of the site. These are the twelve axioms of organic logic that I wish to defend.
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Stanford biologist and computer scientist discover the 'anternet' | School of Engineering

Stanford biologist and computer scientist discover the 'anternet' | School of Engineering | open-ended processes | Scoop.it

Swarm intelligence involves the aggregate behavior of actors who may be unintelligent. When swarm intelligence principles are more clearly understood and applied to collective intelligence of smart actors, we may see engineered stigmergic intelligence. -- Howard

 

"Transmission Control Protocol, or TCP, is an algorithm that manages data congestion on the Internet, and as such was integral in allowing the early web to scale up from a few dozen nodes to the billions in use today. Here's how it works: As a source, A, transfers a file to a destination, B, the file is broken into numbered packets. When B receives each packet, it sends an acknowledgment, or an ack, to A, that the packet arrived.

This feedback loop allows TCP to run congestion avoidance: If acks return at a slower rate than the data was sent out, that indicates that there is little bandwidth available, and the source throttles data transmission down accordingly. If acks return quickly, the source boosts its transmission speed. The process determines how much bandwidth is available and throttles data transmission accordingly.

It turns out that harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex barbatus) behave nearly the same way when searching for food. Gordon has found that the rate at which harvester ants – which forage for seeds as individuals – leave the nest to search for food corresponds to food availability."


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Education For Whom and For What?

Noam Chomsky, a world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist, spoke at the University of Arizona on Feb. 8, 2012. His lecture, "Education: For whom and for what?"

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How Hacking the Human Brain Can Save Civilization

How Hacking the Human Brain Can Save Civilization | open-ended processes | Scoop.it
Humans’ power to determine the future of planet Earth is increasing exponentially. The result could be disastrous unless we change the way we think.

 

Humans suffer from a mismatch between our thinking about what we do and the truth of what we do. Our brains make sense of a multifaceted world by ignoring much of its complexity -- a trait Van der Leeuw calls “low dimensional” thinking.

 

“every human action upon the environment modifies the latter in many more ways that its human actors perceive, simply because the dimensionality of the environment is much higher than can be captured by the human mind.”

 

We have an unprecedented opportunity as the first humans to be able to address our cognitive limitations consciously and directly, by using technology to increase our brain capacity and understand our interactions with the world in far more detail. All we require is the wisdom to make this our goal.

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The Big Rethink: Integral Theory

The Big Rethink: Integral Theory | open-ended processes | Scoop.it
In the third installment of the AR’s campaign, Peter Buchanan introduces Integral theory, which establishes a new framework for the design of 21st-century buildings and cities...

 

This is really comprehensive. 


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From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Animal Behavior

Collective organization is everywhere, both around us and within us. Our brains are composed of billions of interconnected cells communicating with chemical ...

very interesting exposition of studies on the dynamic of consensus in animal and human behaviour - Ian Couzin - Santa Fe Institute

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Artificial Intelligence Versus Collective Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence Versus Collective Intelligence | open-ended processes | Scoop.it

A short slideshow about the difference between artificial, augmented and collective intelligence and the changing perception of the dictomy individual-environment

 

 


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Science for Designers: Scaling and Fractals | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

Science for Designers: Scaling and Fractals | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | open-ended processes | Scoop.it

Metropolis examines contemporary life through design.

 

Fractal structure is not just an aesthetic gimmick. It is an important characteristic of sustainable human environments. And this structure does not arise from the well-meaning top-down schemes of old-mode art-designers, but from those with a skilled application of processes of self-organization, as part of a new way of thinking about what it is to design.

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Explore the Human Microbiome [Interactive]: Scientific American

Explore the Human Microbiome [Interactive]: Scientific American | open-ended processes | Scoop.it
Learn about the bacteria, fungi and other micro-organisms that maintain human health.
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Empires - marclafia

Empires - marclafia | open-ended processes | Scoop.it

networks are not new and have been forever with us in the evolution of our cities, trade, communications and sciences, in our relations as businesses and nation states, in the circulation of money, food, arms and our shared ecology.

Yet something has deeply changed in our experience of time, work, community, the global. Empires looks deeply to unravel how we speak to the realities of the individual and the notion of the public and public 'good' in this new world at the confluence of money, cities, computation, politics and science.

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Brazilian Suburb Gets Perspective Typography Murals

Brazilian Suburb Gets Perspective Typography Murals | open-ended processes | Scoop.it
Madrid Spain based artist collective Boa Mistura recently gave a small corner of Brazil one very colorful and meaningful typographic makeover.
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Human Values as Strange Attractors: Coevolution of classes of governance principles

Human Values as Strange Attractors: Coevolution of classes of governance principles | open-ended processes | Scoop.it
Paper prepared for the 13th World Conference (Finland, August 1993) of the World Futures Studies Federation . Theme: Coherence and chaos in our uncommon futures -- visions, means, actions.
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Science for Designers: The Meaning of Complexity | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

Science for Designers: The Meaning of Complexity | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | open-ended processes | Scoop.it

Metropolis examines contemporary life through design--

Humans “design” with much the same aim toward which nature “designs” — both aim to increase the complexity of a system so that it works “better”. “Better” in this sense means ... more capable of maintaining an organized state — like the health of an organism.

 

Some scientists shy away from the notion that nature “aims” for anything. But this begs the question: are we not part of nature, and do we not “aim” for something in our own designs, and in the other parts of our life (e.g. seeking our own health and wellbeing)? Then we must accept “aim” as a characteristic of at least some part of nature.

 

If we are trying to solve the problems of cities, then we need to know the kind of problem we are dealing with. If we treat this as a search for simplicity, or perhaps, an artistic challenge of visual design, when it is really a problem of organized complexity obeying its own rules of evolutionary intelligence, then we are likely to make a mess of things.

 

complex systems evolve an integrated connectivity among their components so their information output is high, yet coherent. This coherence is often mistaken for simplicity, and this is the source of much of the confusion we address in this essay.

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