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Complexity Rising: From Human Beings to Human Civilization

Complexity Rising: From Human Beings to Human Civilization | Business Innovation |
The New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) is an independent educational and research institution dedicated to advancing the study of complex systems.

Via AleksBlumentals
AleksBlumentals's curator insight, July 8, 2014 4:53 AM

This schematic history of human civilization reflects a growing complexity of the collective behavior of human organizations. Some will see in the graphics what intuitively seems correct, namely that areas of grey an lateral connections matter increasingly more:

"The internal structure of organizations changed and is changing, whether this is built in formally or not.  Going from the large branching ratio hierarchies of ancient civilizations, through decreasing branching ratios of massive hierarchical bureaucracies, to hybrid systems where lateral connections appear to be more important than the hierarchy."

Without new means to connect these groups the isolation and silos make it impossible to overcome local optimums:

"As the importance of lateral interactions increases, the boundaries between subsystems become porous. The increasing collective complexity also is manifest in the increasing specialization and diversity of professions."


Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, July 15, 2014 9:40 PM


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Nature inspires drones of the future

Nature inspires drones of the future | Business Innovation |
Researchers have been taking tips from nature to build the next generation of flying robots. Based on the mechanisms adopted by birds, bats, insects and snakes, scientists have developed solutions to some of the common problems that drones could be faced with when navigating through an urban environment and performing novel tasks for the benefit of society.

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AIA 3D Printing Webinar

AIA 3D Printing Webinar | Business Innovation |

AIA 3D Printing Webinar, July 2014

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