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Complex systems: counterintuitive behavior and disproportionate causal effects

Presentation on the counterintuitive behavior and disproportionate causal effects of complex system. Illustration
using the the example of restaurant dynamics determined by the quality. The simulation is applied to Discrete Duty and Analogue Action.

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Alessandro Vespignani on Cambridge Nights

Alessandro Vespignani talks with us about networks and epidemic spreading.
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Stephen Wolfram: Talking about the Computational Future at SXSW 2013

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Transcript of Stephen Wolfram’s SXSW 2013 presentation. Discusses his vision of what computation will do for people in the future. Not only as it applies to science and knowledge discovery, but also as it pertains to personal well-being.
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Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

Throughout humankind's history, we've driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo ... But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So -- should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.

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The World Until Yesterday: What we can learn from traditional societies

Jared Diamond - the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'master storyteller of the human race' - reveals how traditional societies provide us with important and often overlooked insights into human nature.

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Ted Kaptchuk – On The Placebo Effect

Ted Kaptchuk talks to us about the placebo effect.
1. What are placebo studies?
2. Is the placebo effect a social phenomena?
3. Could we use the placebo effect to design better healthcare facilities?
4. Can placebo cure patients, or are they only palliative?
5. Was the use of placebos common in the past?
6. Is it possible to use placebos without deception?

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Superfreakonomics

Are we really as altruistic as we might like to think? In the RSA's new animation series, we put into pictures Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's case for re-evaluating the evidence.

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Aaron Sloman - Artificial Intelligence - Psychology - Oxford Interview

Interview at St Anne's College Oxford. Conference: Winter Intelligence put on by the Future of Humanity Institute.
Aaron Sloman is a philosopher and researcher on artificial intelligence and cognitive science. He is the author of several papers on philosophy, epistemology and artificial intelligence. He held the Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, and before that a chair with the same title at the University of Sussex. He is now working with biologist Jackie Chappell on the evolution of intelligence and is Honorary Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science at Birmingham.

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Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), and learn more at tedprize.org.

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Applied Complexity - Taking it to the Island

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James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world?

James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system -- say, a swarm of birds -- is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable.

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"A Hitchiker’s Guide to Complexity" by Dr Rachel Armstrong

“This talk offers a multi-disciplinary view of complexity from the perspective of an informed amateur – an ideas hitchhiker – curating concepts relevant to its philosophical, technological and cultural importance. These ideas are co-ordinates for a hitchhiker’s map that provokes discussion about the theory, method and application of complex systems in addressing cultural agendas and how they may work as a counter point to prevalent practices. Of particular interest is how complexity may offer alternative technological systems to machines, which shape our Modern era. Although complexity is still an emerging practice and not a ‘cure-all’ to the significant challenges that we face this century, it may offer a point of reflection on the processes that underpin human development – to identify opportunities where the interests of humanity and the environment may be one and the same – say for example, by considering the Earth to be a giant ‘natural’ supercomputer.”

 

On Wednesday 30th January, Dr Rachel Armstrong from the the University of Greenwich gave the CS4 talk “A Hitchiker’s Guide to Complexity”

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The Scientific Method Of The Mind

Maria Konnikova reveals how Sherlock Holmes can teach us to optimise not only our own everyday existence, but our broader contributions to society and the lives of those around us.

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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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Interesting views and data about human-machine symbiosis.

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Marta Gonzalez on Cambridge Nights

Marta Gonzalez talks with us about how big data can be used to understand human mobility and the diffusion of online technologies.
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Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. 

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Cesar Hidalgo: The Structure and Dynamics of Cultural Exports

At MIT 13/14 February 2013
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Building Brains to Understand the World's Data

Google Tech Talk
February 12, 2013
Presented by Jeff Hawkins.
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The neocortex works on principles that are fundamentally different than traditional computers. In this talk I will describe recent advances in understanding the neocortex and how we are applying them to model millions of high velocity data streams.
The talk will start with a description of sparse distributed representations, which are the fundamental units of information in brains. I will then discuss how these representations are learned and how the brain processes them to build predictive models from sensory data. Numenta has built a product called Grok that emulates these capabilities of the neocortex. Grok is being used to understand high velocity machine generated data in many different domains. I will give a brief introduction to Grok and speculate on the future of machine intelligence.

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Dirk Helbing: Global Science and Participatory Computing for our Complex World

Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich, Switzerland & FuturICT Scientific Coordinator) “Global Science and Participatory Computing for our Complex World”
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The nature of collective intelligence

Digital data stem from our own personal and social cognitive processes and thus express them in one way or another. But we still don’t have any scientific tools to make sense of the data flows produced by online creative conversations at the scale of the digital medium as a whole.

 

Presentation by Pierre Levy


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Viktor Markowski's curator insight, March 2, 2013 8:57 AM

45 minute video presentation supported by slides on the nature of collective intelligence and the philosophical and technical construct behind the next level of the internet as a global mind.

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, March 22, 2013 11:15 AM

Pierre Levy, c´est toujours très intéressant!

Bernard Ryefield's curator insight, June 18, 2013 11:32 AM

Pierre Lévy invented IEML; think semantic web

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Nassim Taleb and Daniel Kahneman discusses Antifragility at NYPL.mp4

Nassim Taleb and Daniel Kahneman discusses Antifragility at NYPL on Feb 5, 2013 www.pleasemishandle.com/videos/

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Heinz von Foerster - Autopoiesis

High Tech Heroes with Sherwin Gooch, episode number 10, part 1, directed by Hud Nordin: Cybenetician Heinz von Foerster discusses the founding of Cybernetics...

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Miguel Nicolelis: A monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts

Can we use our brains to directly control machines -- without requiring a body as the middleman? Miguel Nicolelis talks through an astonishing experiment, in which a clever monkey in the US learns to control a monkey avatar, and then a robot arm in Japan, purely with its thoughts. The research has big implications for quadraplegic people -- and maybe for all of us.

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The Fate of Reason in an Age of Belief

Award-winning film-maker and author, Stephen Trombley offers a fresh analysis of the key thinkers whose work from the Enlightenment to the present day is of continued importance as we proceed into the 21st century.

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Accelerating Discovery: Distilling Natural Laws from Experimental Data, from Physics to Biology

Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems Research Group Seminar Series
(Co-hosted by the Evolutionary Studies program and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
February 11, 2013
Hod Lipson (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University)
"Accelerating Discovery: Distilling Natural Laws from Experimental Data, from Physics to Biology"

http://vimeo.com/59458466

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