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Rodrigo Canales: The deadly genius of drug cartels | Video on TED.com

Up to 100,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 6 years. We might think this has nothing to do with us, but in fact we are all complicit, says Yale professor Rodrigo Canales in this unflinching talk that turns conventional wisdom about drug cartels on its head. The carnage is not about faceless, ignorant goons mindlessly killing each other but is rather the result of some seriously sophisticated brand management.

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/rodrigo_canales_the_deadly_genius_of_drug_cartels.html

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The Strange New Science of Chaos - YouTube

A 1989 program, with Lorenz


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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 31, 12:08 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, 6:43 AM

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

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, April 16, 5:31 AM

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

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From Crystal Ball to Magic Wand: The New World Order in Times of Digital Revolution

From Crystal Ball to Magic Wand: The New World Order in Times of Digital Revolution.

Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich.

Talk delivered via skype on March 24, 2014, to the AAAI workshop on THE INTERSECTION OF ROBUST INTELLIGENCE AND TRUST IN AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS


We need another Apollo project, but this time focusing on our Earth. I am ready for this, are you?

Please watch this movie to the end.
The solution to our world's problems is different from what many strategic thinkers believed.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AErRh_yDr-Q

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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 2, 7:07 PM

I'm not perfect, but I'd say I've done a reasonably good job at predicting these things happening.

 

You have economic pinches, combined with aspirations towards ideals, of course you're going to have Arab Springs!  Furthermore, you have governments that are not following along according to the newly expressed needs of the people, you're more likely to get unrest, violence and increase the POTENTIAL for overthrow of your whole system of governance and economics (speaking, of course, with regards to Egypt especially).  Better to improve your odds and adapt yourself to the new normal of the society's needs (which are fairly consistent throughout time, space and culture).

 

What on Earth are our current policy-makers doing by persisting with the overly-cozy relationship with the private elite and their philosophies over the actual, presented needs of the general public?  Where is their more accurate view of humanity, themselves and the various needs and functions of humanity?

 

Seriously?

And I'm the one on the outside.

 

Think about it.

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▶ Dirk Helbing on complexity in economic theory

This interview with Dirk Helbing on the Future of the economy is part of the Futurium Talking Futures interview series. More information is available here: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/futurium/en/interviews 

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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 27, 9:12 PM

Indeed, it is when we shut the door and turn our backs on those and that which do us harm, that we'll actually realize some real benefits amongst this species.


Think about it.

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Anne Milgram: Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime

Anne Milgram: Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime | Talks | Scoop.it

When she became the attorney general of New Jersey in 2007, Anne Milgram quickly discovered a few startling facts: not only did her team not really know who they were putting in jail, but they had no way of understanding if their decisions were actually making the public safer. And so began her ongoing, inspirational quest to bring data analytics and statistical analysis to the US criminal justice system.


http://new.ted.com/talks/anne_milgram_why_smart_statistics_are_the_key_to_fighting_crime

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Opening up open data: An interview with Tim O’Reilly

Opening up open data: An interview with Tim O’Reilly | Talks | Scoop.it

We’re increasingly living in a world of black boxes. We don’t understand the way things work. And open-source software, open data are critical tools. We see this in the field of computer security. People say, “Well, we have to keep this secret.” Well, it turns out that the strongest security protocols are those that are secure even when people know how they work.
Secrecy is actually, it turns out, a fairly weak way of being secure. And I think in a similar way, we have to understand who owns the rules, how are they driven, how are they guiding our behavior. And there may be cases where you say, “Well, actually it’s a reasonable trade-off to have some degree of secrecy.”
We have this with trade secrets all the time in the commercial world. But there are other areas where we should say, “No, we really need to know how this works.”


http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/business_technology/opening_up_open_data_an_interview_with_tim_o_reilly

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Introduction to Complex Systems: Patterns in Nature

This video provides a basic introduction to the science of complex systems, focusing on patterns in nature. (For more information on agent-based modeling, visit http://imaginationtoolbox.org ).


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António F Fonseca's curator insight, February 1, 1:50 AM

Agent based modeling still is the best tool to understand complex systems when mathematical modeling gets very complicated.

Liz Rykert's curator insight, February 10, 4:25 PM

Always looking for good resources to introduce complexity science to others. This looks great. 

Ian Biggs, MAIPM, CPPD's curator insight, April 16, 5:08 PM

I recently conducted a series of workshops on the subject of 'Complex Project Management - Navigating through the unknown'. This clip provides a great introduction to complex systems and for those interested in Complexity Science, this clip is worth 7:52 of your time.

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Initial Conditions

Initial Conditions | Talks | Scoop.it

What better way can there be to discuss the nature of time than sitting down with two eminent theoretical physicists in the timeless beauty of Vieques, at the western end of the Spanish Virgin Islands? Alan Guth, who first proposed the theory of cosmic inflation, and Sean Carroll, cosmologist and popular science communicator (and also a member of the board of Nautilus), are currently working together, in collaboration with Caltech grad student Chien-Yao Tseng, on a paper explaining the arrow of time. Watch as they walk us through some of the basic ideas.


http://nautil.us/issue/9/time/initial-conditions

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▶ Francis Heylighen: Return to Eden? (...) on the Road to an Omnipotent Global Intelligence

The concept of Singularity envisages a technology-driven explosion in intelligence. I argue that the resulting suprahuman intelligence will not be centralized in a single AI system, but distributed across all people and artifacts, as connected via the Internet. This global brain will function to tackle all challenges confronting the "global superorganism". Its capabilities will extend so far beyond our present abilities that they may be best conveyed as a pragmatic version of the "divine" attributes: omniscience (knowing everything needed to solve our problems), omnipresence (being available anywhere anytime), omnipotence (being able to provide any product or service at negligible cost) and omnibenevolence (aiming at the greatest happiness for the greatest number). By extrapolating present trends, technologies and evolutionary mechanisms, I argue that these abilities are likely to be realized within the next few decades. The resulting solution to all our individual and societal problems can be seen as a return to "Eden", the idyllic state of abundance and peace that supposedly existed before civilization. In this utopian society, individuals would be supported and challenged by the global brain to maximally develop their abilities, and to continuously create new knowledge. However, side effects of technological innovation are likely to create serious disturbances on the road to this utopia. The most important dangers are cascading failures facilitated by hyperconnectivity, the spread of psychological parasites that make people lose touch with reality, the loss of human abilities caused by an unnatural, passive lifestyle, and a conservative backlash triggered by too rapid changes. Because of the non-linearity of the system, the precise impact of such disturbances cannot be predicted. However, a range of precautionary measures, including a "global immune system", may pre-empt the greatest risks.


Return to Eden?
Promises and Perils on the Road to an Omnipotent Global Intelligence
Prof. Dr. Francis Heylighen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWJA_i-cY30

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Next civilization: countering complexity and extreme events

Dirk Helbing Next civilization: countering complexity and extreme events. TEDx Martigny 2013/09/26
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António F Fonseca's curator insight, January 17, 1:44 PM

You should listen to this somehow strange speach, strange, perhaps exotic, but very wise and visionary.

John Symons's comment, January 19, 10:58 AM
Dirk needs to read Oskar Morgenstern.
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Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action

"An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport," argues Enrique Peñalosa. In this spirited talk, the former mayor of Bogotá shares some of the tactics he used to change the transportation dynamic in the Colombian capital... and suggests ways to think about building smart cities of the future.


http://www.ted.com/talks/enrique_penalosa_why_buses_represent_democracy_in_action.html

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What Big Data Means For Social Science

We've known big data has had big impacts in business, and in lots of prediction tasks. I want to understand, what does big data mean for what we do for science? Specifically, I want to think about the following context:  You have a scientist who has a hypothesis that they would like to test, and I want to think about how the testing of that hypothesis might change as data gets bigger and bigger. So that's going to be the rule of the game. Scientists start with a hypothesis and they want to test it; what's going to happen?

 


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Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last | Talks | Scoop.it
Ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek on why leaders must sacrifice for the good of the group.

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Erika Harrison's curator insight, November 24, 2013 8:26 PM

"In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.” 

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The "Homo Socialis" and Its Implications

Dirk Helbing, ETH Zürich.

http://vimeo.com/78344377

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Claude Emond's curator insight, January 20, 2:55 PM

Can we be Homo Socialis without being also Homo Agilis ??? :)

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Dan Ariely on ‘The Honest Truth About Dishonesty’

Dan Ariely on ‘The Honest Truth About Dishonesty’ | Talks | Scoop.it

Everyone cheats a little from time to time. But most major betrayals within organizations – from accounting fraud to doping in sports – start with a first step that crosses the line, according to Dan Ariely, a leading behavioral economist at Duke and author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves. That step can start people on a “slippery slope.” In this interview with Wharton management professor Adam Grant, Ariely helps leaders understand how to prevent people from taking that first step, how to create a code of conduct that makes rules and expectations clear and why good rules are critical to organizations.


http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/dan-ariely-dishonestys-slippery-slope/

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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 11, 10:15 AM

This is troubling to me, mainly because I know how easily I could fall victim to a potential slippery slope series of events that turns me from one side to another.  I'm just being honest about it.  There's no real reason yet to differentiate me from Nancy Botwin, who goes from a surburban widow to a major queen pin in the drug trade (besides the fact that I'm not likely to deal drugs).  Am I seriously one of the few human beings who will question him/herself with regards to their own integrity?

 

I don't know.

 

But if this research is accurate, it's bound to be something that's near universal for our species.  That means that you and I are effected by it, whether we like or admit it or not.

 

Sad and scary.

 

Think about it.

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▶ Alessandro Vespignani on theoretical developments for complex networks and systems

This interview with Alessandro Vespignani is about the future of modelling and forecasting of epidemics and is part of the Futurium Talking Futures interview series. More information is available here:

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/futurium/en/interviews


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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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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 11, 11:09 AM

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, 7:34 AM

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

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, March 23, 6:16 PM

are our politicians aware of these concepts?

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As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify

Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex -- and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.)


http://www.ted.com/talks/yves_morieux_as_work_gets_more_complex_6_rules_to_simplify.html

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▶ Seven Complex Lessons in Education - Edgar Morin

Dr. Edgar Morin, an eminent sociologist and philosopher, discusses his work on Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future, addressing themes related to knowledge, identity and shared global challenges.


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Corina Ciechanow's curator insight, February 14, 1:45 AM

'Il faut enseigner à la bienveillance' Teaching people how to show kindness, see all aspects of others to understand them. Great interview!

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Puppies! Now that I’ve got your attention, complexity theory

Animal behavior isn't complicated, but it is complex. Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals -- be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats -- follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise.


http://www.ted.com/talks/nicolas_perony_puppies_now_that_i_ve_got_your_attention_complexity_theory.html

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António F Fonseca's curator insight, February 4, 6:40 AM

The guy seems to be confessing some obscure personal sin but the talk is very interesting.

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Why massive open online courses (still) matter

2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter -- as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms. Agarwal shares his vision of blended learning, where teachers create the ideal learning experience for 21st century students.


http://www.ted.com/talks/anant_agarwal_why_massively_open_online_courses_still_matter.html

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Big Brains. Small Films. Benoît Mandelbrot, The Father of Fractals | IBM

IBM and http://IBMblr.Tumblr.com celebrate the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot, IBM Fellow Emeritus and Fractal Pioneer. In this final interview shot by filmmaker Erol Morris, Mandelbrot shares his love for mathematics and how it led him to his wondrous discovery of fractals. His work lives on today in many innovations in science, design, telecommunications, medicine, renewable energy, film (special effects), gaming (computer graphics) and more.


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Marco Annunziata: Welcome to the age of the industrial internet

Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react -- so they can be operated far more efficiently. Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It's a future with exciting implications for us all.


http://www.ted.com/talks/marco_annunziata_welcome_to_the_age_of_the_industrial_internet.html

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Suzana Herculano-Houzel: What is so special about the human brain?

The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why? Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel puts on her detective's cap and leads us through this mystery. By making "brain soup," she arrives at a startling conclusion.


http://www.ted.com/talks/suzana_herculano_houzel_what_is_so_special_about_the_human_brain.html 

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Jared Diamond: How societies can grow old better

There's an irony behind the latest efforts to extend human life: It's no picnic to be an old person in a youth-oriented society. Older people can become isolated, lacking meaningful work and low on funds. In this intriguing talk, Jared Diamond looks at how many different societies treat their elders -- some better, some worse -- and suggests we all take advantage of experience.


Jared Diamond: How societies can grow old better

http://www.ted.com/talks/jared_diamond_how_societies_can_grow_old_better.html

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Rodrigo Canales: The deadly genius of drug cartels | Video on TED.com

Up to 100,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 6 years. We might think this has nothing to do with us, but in fact we are all complicit, says Yale professor Rodrigo Canales in this unflinching talk that turns conventional wisdom about drug cartels on its head. The carnage is not about faceless, ignorant goons mindlessly killing each other but is rather the result of some seriously sophisticated brand management.

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/rodrigo_canales_the_deadly_genius_of_drug_cartels.html

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