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Understanding Is A Poor Substitute For Convexity (antifragility)

Understanding Is A Poor Substitute For Convexity (antifragility) | Talks | Scoop.it
The point we will be making here is that logically, neither trial and error nor "chance" and serendipity can be behind the gains in technology and empirical science attributed to them. By definition chance cannot lead to long term gains (it would no longer be chance); trial and error cannot be unconditionally effective: errors cause planes to crash, buildings to collapse, and knowledge to regress.
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What intelligent machines can learn from a school of fish

What intelligent machines can learn from a school of fish | Talks | Scoop.it
Science fiction visions of the future show us AI built to replicate our way of thinking -- but what if we modeled it instead on the other kinds of intelligence found in nature? Robotics engineer Radhika Nagpal studies the collective intelligence displayed by insects and fish schools, seeking to understand their rules of engagement. In a visionary talk, she presents her work creating artificial collective power and previews a future where swarms of robots work together to build flood barriers, pollinate crops, monitor coral reefs and form constellations of satellites.
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Electrical experiments with plants that count and communicate

Electrical experiments with plants that count and communicate | Talks | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist Greg Gage takes sophisticated equipment used to study the brain out of graduate-level labs and brings them to middle- and high-school classrooms (and, sometimes, to the TED stage.) Prepare to be amazed as he hooks up the Mimosa pudica, a plant whose leaves close when touched, and the Venus flytrap to an EKG to show us how plants use electrical signals to convey information, prompt movement and even count.
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Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Talks | Scoop.it
Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we're all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it "reality." Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence.
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Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them

Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them | Talks | Scoop.it
We must face our fears if we want to get the most out of technology -- and we must conquer those fears if we want to get the best out of humanity, says Garry Kasparov. One of the greatest chess players in history, Kasparov lost a memorable match to IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997. Now he shares his vision for a future where intelligent machines help us turn our grandest dreams into reality.
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Reinventing Society in the Digital Age - Dirk Helbing

This talk took place on May 9, 2017 as part of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna workshop series "RE-INVENTING SOCIETY IN THE DIGITAL AGE".
The program for the event can be found at https://goo.gl/cloqsb.

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Why Is 'Systems Thinking' So Rare?

Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo) Seminar Series
April 27, 2017
Mark Sellers (Systems Science, Binghamton University / Northrop Grumman Laser Systems)
"Why Is 'Systems Thinking' So Rare?"
Slides are available at http://bit.ly/2p51VEc
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Complexity Theory and Dynamical Systems | Demetri Kofinas Interviews W. Brian Arthur of the Santa Fe Institute on Complexity Science and Chaos

Complexity Theory and Dynamical Systems | Demetri Kofinas Interviews W. Brian Arthur of the Santa Fe Institute on Complexity Science and Chaos | Talks | Scoop.it
Complexity Theory is an emerging field of scientific study that seeks to offer a better framework for understanding dynamic, complex adaptive systems.

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Don't fear superintelligent AI

Don't fear superintelligent AI | Talks | Scoop.it
New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don't need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we'll teach, not program, them to share our human values. Rather than worry about an unlikely existential threat, he urges us to consider how artificial intelligence will enhance human life.
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How the medium shapes the message | Cesar Hidalgo | TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet

How communication technologies shape our collective memory.

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See Also: http://pantheon.media.mit.edu

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How we're harnessing nature's hidden superpowers

How we're harnessing nature's hidden superpowers | Talks | Scoop.it
What do you get when you combine the strongest materials from the plant world with the most elastic ones from the insect kingdom? Super-performing materials that might transform ... everything. Nanobiotechnologist Oded Shoseyov walks us through examples of amazing materials found throughout nature, in everything from cat fleas to sequoia trees, and shows the creative ways his team is harnessing them in everything from sports shoes to medical implants.
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(Not Quite) Live Report from CCS 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo) Seminar Series
September 21, 2016
From the 2016 Conference on Complex Systems (CCS 2016)
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Special guests: Prof. Carlos Gershenson (UNAM, Mexico) and Prof. Seth Bullock (U. Bristol, UK)

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Recent Trends in Network Science

Center for Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems (CoCo) Seminar Series
September 7, 2016
Hiroki Sayama (Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, Binghamton University)
"Recent Trends in Network Science"
Slides are available from: http://coco.binghamton.edu/CoCo-sayama-fall2016.pdf ;

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Parag Khanna on The Global Connectivity Revolution - RSA

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The Global Connectivity Revolution with strategist and author Parag Khanna. We're accelerating into a future shaped less by countries and more by mega-cities; less by borders and more by connectivity. It is time to reimagine how life is organised on Earth. Leading strategist Parag Khanna shows how the global connectivity revolution - in transport, infrastructure, communications - has upended the ‘geography is destiny’ mantra, and how connectivity, not sovereignty, has become the organising principle of 21st century society.

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Interview about the Conference on Complex Systems 2017

In this episode, Haley interviews Dr. Carlos Gershenson who is a research professor, Editor-in-Chief of Complexity Digest, and a Co-Chair member of the Conference on Complex Systems. Dr. Gershenson discusses this year's conference and how it is relevant to events happening in the world today. He also shares details about next year's Conference on Complex Systems.

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Lens of Time: Secrets of Schooling

Collective behavior is embodied in swarms of insects, flocks of birds, herds of antelope, and schools of fish. In each of these cases, individuals move through their environment and respond to threats and opportunities almost simultaneously, forming an undulating enclave that seems to operate as a single entity. Such coordinated movement requires the rapid and efficient transfer of information among individuals, but understanding exactly how this information spreads through the group has long eluded scientists. Studying this behavior in schools of fish has been incredibly challenging, because the cues that drive it occur at lightening speed, come from multiple directions and sources, and of course because all of it takes place underwater. Now, Iain Couzin and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology at the University of Konstanz, Germany are using new observation techniques and technologies—including high-speed video, motion-tracking software, and advanced statistical modeling—to reveal the mysterious mechanics of schooling fish. Their findings may shed light on the evolution and benefits of collective behavior across the animal kingdom.

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Complexity Science Hub Vienna Workshop Series: Reinventing Society in the Digital Age

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Unintended Consequences with Complexity Scientist Yaneer Bar-Yam

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The biology of our best and worst selves

The biology of our best and worst selves | Talks | Scoop.it
How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviors.
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Science in service to the public good

Science in service to the public good | Talks | Scoop.it
We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we're not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan -- and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it. Siddhartha Roy helped prove that Flint's water was contaminated, and he tells a story of science in service to the public good, calling on the next generation of scientists and engineers to dedicate their work to protecting people and the planet.
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Two Hours of Experimental Mathematics—Stephen Wolfram Blog

Two Hours of Experimental Mathematics—Stephen Wolfram Blog | Talks | Scoop.it
Stephen Wolfram uses powerful computational tools to make real-time discoveries in math at Math Encounters events at National Museum of Mathematics.
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How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution | Talks | Scoop.it
"The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable," says digital visionary Kevin Kelly -- and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. "The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet," Kelly says. "That means that you're not late."
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What you need to know about CRISPR

What you need to know about CRISPR | Talks | Scoop.it
Should we bring back the wooly mammoth? Or edit a human embryo? Or wipe out an entire species that we consider harmful? The genome-editing technology CRISPR has made extraordinary questions like these legitimate -- but how does it work? Scientist and community lab advocate Ellen Jorgensen is on a mission to explain the myths and realities of CRISPR, hype-free, to the non-scientists among us.
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A New Paradigm for World Peace is Possible!

Talk given on 9/11 at the #BuildPeace Conference 2016 in Zurich. Find slides at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308015412_A_New_Paradigm_for_World_Peace_Is_Possible 

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The Future of Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving cars are coming! Will their future deliver us a transportation heaven, or hellacious cities? AVs are the first of many future waves of automation. How they impact labor, energy, land use,, and tax revenue is in our hands. If we act now, we can control the outcome.

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