Multiplex Networks: Basic Formalism and Structural Properties
This book provides the basis of a formal language and explores its possibilities in the characterization of multiplex networks. Armed with the formalism developed, the authors define structural metrics for multiplex networks. A methodology to generalize monoplex structural metrics to multiplex ne...
Viruses as Complex Adaptive Systems (Ricard Solé & Santiago F. Elena)
Viruses are everywhere, infecting all sorts of living organisms, from the tiniest bacteria to the largest mammals. Many are harmful parasites, but viruses also play a major role as drivers of our evolution as a species and are essential regulators of the composition and complexity of ecosystems o...
The Discrete Charm of the Machine: Why the World Became Digital (Kenneth Steiglitz)
A few short decades ago, we were informed by the smooth signals of analog television and radio; we communicated using our analog telephones; and we even computed with analog computers. Today our world is digital, built with zeros and ones. Why did this revolution occur? The Discrete Charm of the ...
The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution (Ri...
We Homo sapiens can be the nicest of species and also the nastiest. What occurred during human evolution to account for this paradox? What are the two kinds of aggression that primates are prone to, and why did each evolve separately? How does the intensity of violence among humans compare with t...
Economic Foundations for Social Complexity Science: Theory, Sentiments, and Empirical Laws (edite...
This book focuses on how important massive information is and how sensitive outcomes are to information. In this century humans now are coming up against the massive utilization of information in various contexts. The advent of super intelligence is drastically accelerating the evolution of the s...
Narrating Complexity (edited by Richard Walsh & Susan Stepney)
This book stages a dialogue between international researchers from the broad fields of complexity science and narrative studies. It presents an edited collection of chapters on aspects of how narrative theory from the humanities may be exploited to understand, explain, describe, and communicate a...
Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe: Steven Strogatz
From preeminent math personality and author of The Joy of x, a brilliant and endlessly appealing explanation of calculus – how it works and why it makes our lives immeasurably better. Without calculus, we wouldn’t have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound. We wouldn’t have tamed AIDS or discovere...
Cancer: a complex disease
The study of complex systems and their related phenomena has become a major research venue in the recent years and it is commonly regarded as an important part of the scientific revolution developing through the 21st century. The science of complexity is concerned with the laws of operation and e...
Inventing Future Cities: Michael Batty
How we can invent―but not predict―the future of cities.
We cannot predict future cities, but we can invent them. Cities are largely unpredictable because they are complex systems that are more like organisms than machines. Neither the laws of economics nor the laws of mechanics apply; cities are ...
The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for You: Scott E. Page
From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren't enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. In The Mo...
Charting the Next Pandemic
This book provides an introduction to the computational and complex systems modeling of the global spreading of infectious diseases. The latest developments in the area of contagion processes modeling are discussed, and readers are exposed to real world examples of data-model integration impactin...
Linguistic Bodies
A novel theoretical framework for an embodied, non-representational approach to language that extends and deepens enactive theory, bridging the gap between sensorimotor skills and language. Linguistic Bodies offers a fully embodied and fully social treatment of human language without positing me...
Network Science In Education
Network Science In EducationTransformational Approaches in Teaching and LearningEdited byCatherine B. Cramer, Mason A. Porter, Hiroki Sayama, Lori Sheetz, Stephen Miles Uzzo
Applied Big History: A Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Other Living Things
Applied Big History: A Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Other Living Things (9781719853071): William Grassie: Amazon Books
 
Foreword by Mitch Julis, Canyon Partners
  Thriving in a Complex World The Great Matrix The Economy of a Single Cell Complexity Economics Death and Taxes Your Hunte...
Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms (Hannah Fry)
A look inside the algorithms that are shaping our lives and the dilemmas they bring with them.
If you were accused of a crime, who would you rather decide your sentence―a mathematically consistent algorithm incapable of empathy or a compassionate human judge prone to bias and error? What if you w...
Stepping Stones to Synthetic Biology (Sergio Carrà)
This book explores fascinating topics at the edge of life, guiding the reader all the way from the relation of life processes to the second law of thermodynamics and the abundance of complex organic compounds in the universe through to the latest advances in synthetic biology and metabolic engine...
How History Gets Things Wrong: The Neuroscience of our Addiction to Stories ( Alex Rosenberg)
To understand something, you need to know its history. Right? Wrong, says Alex Rosenberg in How History Gets Things Wrong. Feeling especially well-informed after reading a book of popular history on the best-seller list? Don't. Narrative history is always, always wrong. It not just incomplete or ...
The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success: Albert-László Barabási
Too often, accomplishment does not equate to success. We did the work but didn't get the promotion; we played hard but weren't recognized; we had the idea but didn't get the credit. We've always been told that talent and a strong work ethic are the key to getting ahead, but in today's world these...
Untangling Complex Systems: A Grand Challenge for Science (Pier Luigi Gentili)
Complex Systems are natural systems that science is unable to describe exhaustively. Examples of Complex Systems are both unicellular and multicellular living beings; human brains; human immune systems; ecosystems; human societies; the global economy; the climate and geology of our planet. This b...
The Revolutionary Genius of Plants: A New Understanding of Plant Intelligence and Behavior (Stefa...
Do plants have intelligence? Do they have memory? Are they better problem solvers than people? The Revolutionary Genius of Plants—a fascinating, paradigm-shifting work that upends everything you thought you knew about plants—makes a compelling scientific case that these and other astonishing idea...
The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves (Eric R. Kandel)
Eric R. Kandel, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his foundational research into memory storage in the brain, is one of the pioneers of modern brain science. His work continues to shape our understanding of how learning and memory work and to break down age-old barriers ...
Complexity Theory and Law: Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence (Jamie Murray et al.)
This collection of essays explores the different ways the insights from complexity theory can be applied to law. Complexity theory – a variant of systems theory – views law as an emergent, complex, self-organising system comprised of an interactive network of actors and systems that operate with ...
Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different (Philip Ball)
“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.” Since Niels Bohr said this many years ago, quantum mechanics has only been getting more shocking. We now realize that it’s not really telling us that “weird” things happen out of sight, on the tiniest level, in the atomic world:...
Towards Digital Enlightenment - Essays on the Dark and Light Sides of the Digital Revolution, Dir...
A new collection of essays by the author of the successful volume Thinking Ahead - Essays on Big Data, Digital Revolution, and Participatory Market SocietyExamines the dangers of a world in which algorithms and social bots aim to control both the societal dynamics and individual behaviors. Introd...
Transfer Entropy
 
Statistical relationships among the variables of a complex system reveal a lot about its physical behavior. Therefore, identification of the relevant variables and characterization of their interactions are crucial for a better understanding of a complex system. Correlation-based techniques hav...
Complexity and Resilience in the Social and Ecological Sciences
This book introduces a new approach to environmental sociology, by integrating complexity-informed social science, Marxian ecological theory, and resilience-based human ecology. It argues that sociologists have largely ignored developments in ecology which move beyond functionalist approaches to ...
Complex Spreading Phenomena in Social Systems
This text is about spreading of information and influence in complex networks. Although previously considered similar and modeled in parallel approaches, there is now experimental evidence that epidemic and social spreading work in subtly different ways. While previously explored through modeling...
Complex Adaptive Systems & Urban Morphogenesis
This thesis looks at how cities operate as Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS). It focuses on how certain characteristics of urban form can support an urban environment's capacity to self-organize, enabling emergent features to appear that, while unplanned, remain highly functional. The research is pr...
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect (Judea Pearl & Dana Mackenzie)
A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence   "Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on ...
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World (Simon Winchester)
The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools—machines that make machines. Eventually, the appli...
Complex Networks in Software, Knowledge, and Social Systems (Miloš Savić, Mirjana Ivanović & Lakh...
This book provides a comprehensive review of complex networks from three different domains, presents novel methods for analyzing them, and highlights applications with accompanying case studies. Special emphasis is placed on three specific kinds of complex networks of high technological and scien...
Wandering Towards a Goal: How Can Mindless Mathematical Laws Give Rise to Aims and Intention? (An...
This collection of prize-winning essays addresses the controversial question of how meaning and goals can emerge in a physical world governed by mathematical laws. What are the prerequisites for a system to have goals? What makes a physical process into a signal? Does eliminating the homunculus s...
Everything Flows Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology Edited by Daniel J. Nicholson and J...
Five Principles for Organizing Collective Intelligence

Featured excerpt from Big Mind: How Collective Intelligence Can Change Our World.

Emergent Behavior in Complex Systems Engineering: A Modeling and Simulation Approach
A comprehensive text that reviews the methods and technologies that explore emergent behavior in complex systems engineering in multidisciplinary fields
In Emergent Behavior in Complex Systems Engineering, the authors present the theoretical considerations and the tools required to enable the stu...
Who holds the power?
What was the cause of Donald Trump's stunning victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election? Was it the peculiarities of the electoral college? Voter resistance to three-term rule by a single party? Anxiety about illegal immigration? As Niall Ferguson explains in The Square ...
Complex Networks IX: Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Complex Networks CompleNet 2018
This book aims to bring together researchers and practitioners working across domains and research disciplines to measure, model, and visualize complex networks. It collects the works presented at the 9th International Conference on Complex Networks (CompleNet) 2018 in Boston, MA in March, 2018. ...
Selected Papers Of John H. Holland: A Pioneer In Complexity Science
With his work on computer logic, John H Holland became one of the most important founders of modern computer science. People who knew John H Holland were all amazed and deeply influenced by his incredibly imaginative and creative mind. He produced many more ideas than he could follow up in his li...
Hierarchy: Perspectives for Ecological Complexity (by T. F. H. Allen & Thomas B. Starr)
Although complexity surrounds us, its inherent uncertainty, ambiguity, and contradiction can at first make complex systems appear inscrutable. Ecosystems, for instance, are nonlinear, self-organizing, seemingly chaotic structures in which individuals interact both with each other and with the myr...
The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures (by Antonio Damasio)
From one of our preeminent neuroscientists: a landmark reflection that spans the biological and social sciences, offering a new way of understanding the origins of life, feeling, and culture.

The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition of that r...
The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World (by P...
In the world's top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask. In The Master Algorithm, Pedro Domingos lifts the veil to give us a peek inside the lear...
Bursty Human Dynamics
This book provides a comprehensive overview on emergent bursty patterns in the dynamics of human behaviour. It presents common and alternative understanding of the investigated phenomena, and points out open questions worthy of further investigations.
The book is structured as follows. In the int...
Energy, Information, Feedback, Adaptation, and Self-organization
This unique book offers a comprehensive and integrated introduction to the five fundamental elements of life and society: energy, information, feedback, adaptation, and self-organization. It is divided into two parts. Part I is concerned with energy (definition, history, energy types, energy sour...
A (partially) interactive introduction to Systems Sciences
This eTextbook contains the system-scientific contents taught at the Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research (SIS) at the University of Graz

Organically farmed by Manfred Füllsack
Mathematical Structures of Natural Intelligence | Yair Neuman
This book uncovers mathematical structures underlying natural intelligence and applies category theory as a modeling language for understanding human cognition, giving readers new insights into the nature of human thought. In this context, the book explores various topics and questions, such as t...
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Max Tegmark)
How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT pro...
A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age (Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman)
In their second collaboration, biographers Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman present the story of Claude Shannon—one of the foremost intellects of the twentieth century and the architect of the Information Age, whose insights stand behind every computer built, email sent, video streamed, and webpage loa...
Chemical Complexity: Self-Organization Processes in Molecular Systems (A.S. Mikhailov & G. Ertl)
This book provides an outline of theoretical concepts and their experimental verification in studies of self-organization phenomena in chemical systems, as they emerged in the mid-20th century and have evolved since. Presenting essays on selected topics, it was prepared by authors who have made p...
The Seneca Effect: Why Growth is Slow but Collapse is Rapid (Ugo Bardi)
The essence of this book can be found in a line written by the ancient Roman Stoic Philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca: "Fortune is of sluggish growth, but ruin is rapid". This sentence summarizes the features of the phenomenon that we call "collapse," which is typically sudden and often unexpected...
Waste Is Information
Waste is material information. Landfills are detailed records of everyday consumption and behavior; much of what we know about the distant past we know from discarded objects unearthed by archaeologists and interpreted by historians. And yet the systems and infrastructures that process our waste ...
Temporal Network Epidemiology
This book covers recent developments in epidemic process models and related data on temporally varying networks. It is widely recognized that contact networks are indispensable for describing, understanding, and intervening to stop the spread of infectious diseases in human and animal populations...
The origins of intelligent life
In his ambitious book Life Through Time and Space, Wallace Arthur tack­les an extraordinarily difficult set of topics. What is the origin and fate of the universe? How did life, and eventually intelligent life, come into existence on Earth? How does a fertilized human egg trans­form into a comple...
Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life 2017
This volume is the proceedings of ECAL 2017, the Fourteenth European Conference on Artificial Life, held September 4–8th 2017, in Lyon, France (https://project.inria.fr/ecal2017/). Since the first ECAL in 1991, the conference is the main international event of the International Society for Artifi...
The elegant law that governs us all
A dog owner weighs twice as much as her German shepherd. Does she eat twice as much? Does a big city need twice as many gas stations as one that is half its size? Our first instinct is to say yes. But, alas, we are wrong. On a per-gram basis, a human requires about 25% less food than her dog, and...
Explaining Top-Down Minds from the Bottom Up. Review of From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolu...
The main topic of Dennett’s book is intelligent design and the design of intelligence, trying to make intuitive the processes of both, be it the top-down process of comprehension that designs with foresight and reasons or the bottom-up process of evolution that has, through blind trial and error,...
Why we live in hierarchies: a quantitative treatise
This book is concerned with the various aspects of hierarchical collective behaviour which is manifested by most complex systems in nature. From the many of the possible topics, we plan to present a selection of those that we think are useful from the point of shedding light from very different d...
The Money Formula: Dodgy Finance, Pseudo Science, and How Mathematicians Took Over the Markets
The Money Formula takes you inside the engine room of the global economy to explore the little-understood world of quantitative finance, and show how the future of our economy rests on the backs of this all-but-impenetrable industry. Written not from a post-crisis perspective – but from a prevent...
Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World
No matter how old you are, there’s a good chance that the word “popular” immediately transports you back to your teenage years. Most of us can easily recall the adolescent social cliques, the high school pecking order, and which of our peers stood out as the most or the least popular teens we kne...
What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
There are more than thirty thousand species of fish―more than mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. But for all their breathtaking diversity and beauty, we rarely consider how fish think, feel, and behave. In What a Fish Knows, the ethologist Jonathan Balcombe takes us under the sea ...
The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge (by Manuel Lima)
In this follow-up to his hugely popular The Book of Trees and Visual Complexity, Manuel Lima takes us on a lively tour through millennia of circular information design. Three hundred detailed and colorful illustrations from around the world cover an encyclopedic array of subjects--architecture, u...
The enlightened empiricist
For Isaac Newton, laying the foundation of modern physics and astronomy was a bit of a sideshow. He believed that his truly important work was deciphering ancient scriptures and uncovering the nature of the Christian religion. True, his skill in calculation was helpful for describing celestial me...
The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - a...
A major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, revealing how mating preferences—what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world.

In the great halls of science, dogma holds that Darwin's theory of natural selection explains ev...
The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science: Marcus du Sautoy
A captivating journey to the outer reaches of human knowledge

Ever since the dawn of civilization we have been driven by a desire to know--to understand the physical world and the laws of nature. But are there limits to human knowledge? Are some things beyond the predictive powers of science, or...
Finding Fibonacci: The Quest to Rediscover the Forgotten Mathematical Genius Who Changed the World
A compelling firsthand account of Keith Devlin's ten-year quest to tell Fibonacci's story
In 2000, Keith Devlin set out to research the life and legacy of the medieval mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly known as Fibonacci, whose book Liber abbaci has quite literally affected the lives of e...
Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age, and Body Bias in Everyday Products...
This wide-ranging overview of design in everyday life demonstrates how design shapes our lives in ways most of us would never imagine. The author, a leading expert in social and psychological issues in design, uncovers the gender, age, and body biases inherent in the designs of common products an...
The Mathematics and Mechanics of Biological Growth
This monograph presents a general mathematical theory for biological growth. It provides both a conceptual and a technical foundation for the understanding and analysis of problems arising in biology and physiology. The theory and methods are illustrated on a wide range of examples and applicatio...
A Guide to Temporal Networks
Network science offers a powerful language to represent and study complex systems composed of interacting elements from the Internet to social and biological systems. In its standard formulation, this framework relies on the assumption that the underlying topology is static, or changing very slow...
Chaos, Information Processing and Paradoxical Games: The Legacy of John S Nicolis
This volume provides a self-contained survey of the mechanisms presiding information processing and communication. The main thesis is that chaos and complexity are the basic ingredients allowing systems composed of interesting subunits to generate and process information and communicate in a mean...
Benoit Mandelbrot: A Life in Many Dimensions
This is a collection of articles, many written by people who worked with Mandelbrot, memorializing the remarkable breadth and depth of his work in science and the arts. Contributors include mathematicians, physicists, biologists, economists, and engineers, as expected; and also artists, musicians...
A New Kind of Science: A 15-Year View
Starting now, in celebration of its 15th anniversary, A New Kind of Science will be freely available in its entirety, with high-resolution images, on the web or for download.
Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organism...
From one of the most influential scientists of our time, a dazzling exploration of the hidden laws that govern the life cycle of everything from plants and animals to the cities we live in.

Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent...
Natural Complexity: A Modeling Handbook (Primers in Complex Systems) by Paul Charbonneau
This book provides a short, hands-on introduction to the science of complexity using simple computational models of natural complex systems--with models and exercises drawn from physics, chemistry, geology, and biology. By working through the models and engaging in additional computational explor...
Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought by Andrew W. Lo
Half of all Americans have money in the stock market, yet economists can't agree on whether investors and markets are rational and efficient, as modern financial theory assumes, or irrational and inefficient, as behavioral economists believe--and as financial bubbles, crashes, and crises suggest....
The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber
Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. If reason is so useful, why didn’t it also evolve in other animals? If reason is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? In their groundbreaking account of the evolution and working...
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky
From the celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of human behavior, both good and bad, and an answer to the question: Why do we do the things we do?

Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by ...
iGod: Willemijn Dicke, Dirk Helbing
iGod is a science fiction novel with heroes, love, defeat and hope. But it is much more than that. This book aims to explore how societies may develop, given the technologies that we see at present. As Dirk Helbing describes it in his introduction: We have come to the conclusion that neither a sc...
From Matter to Life
"From Matter to Life: Information and Causality"
Edited by Sara Imari Walker, Paul C. W. Davies and George F. R. Ellis
Cambridge University Press, 2017

Recent advances suggest that the concept of information might hold the key to unravelling the mystery of life's nature and origin. Fresh insight...
Selforganizology
This invaluable book is the first of its kind on "selforganizology", the science of self-organization. It covers a wide range of topics, such as the theory, principle and methodology of selforganizology, agent-based modelling, intelligence basis, ant colony optimization, fish/particle swarm optim...
Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy
Between 2011 and 2014 the European Non-Equilibrium Social Science Project (NESS) investigated the place of equilibrium in the social sciences and policy. Orthodox economics is based on an equilibrium view of how the economy functions and does not offer a complete description of how the world oper...
iGod: A science fiction novel by Willemijn Dicke - inspired and introduced by Dirk Helbing
‘Unless you have a brilliant hidden plan, I think you really screwed it up this time!'

It was unusual for Lex to blame iGod without any signs of holding back.

‘I am afraid I have not taken into account all possible linkages and feedbacks when I tried to optimize the financial system’; she answe...
THE GOLDEN AGE – How to Build a Better Digital Society
Network Medicine: Complex Systems in Human Disease and Therapeutics
Big data, genomics, and quantitative approaches to network-based analysis are combining to advance the frontiers of medicine as never before. Network Medicine introduces this rapidly evolving field of medical research, which promises to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases....
43 Visions for Complexity

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The Nature of the Corporation: A Tale of Economic Complexity
This book is about the modern corporation. It is a tale of complexity, morality, efficiency, and freedom. Our culture is imbued with three myths stemming from our somewhat contradictory beliefs in the invisible hand and optimization by design. The first myth would have us believe that the modern ...
Complex Networks & Their Applications V - Springer
Complex Networks & Their Applications V
Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Complex Networks and their Applications (COMPLEX NETWORKS 2016)
Emergence: A Philosophical Account
Interest in emergence amongst philosophers and scientists has grown in recent years, yet the concept continues to be viewed with skepticism by many. In this book, Paul Humphreys argues that many of the problems arise from a long philosophical tradition that is overly committed to synchronic reduc...
An Introduction to Transfer Entropy: Information Flow in Complex Systems
T. Bossomaier, L. Barnett, M. Harré, J.T. Lizier
"An Introduction to Transfer Entropy: Information Flow in Complex Systems"
Springer, 2016.

This book considers a relatively new measure in complex systems, transfer entropy, derived from a series of measurements, usually a time series. After a qua...
The Age of ‘Megachange’ - Why It Makes Us So Anxious
If you’re wondering why every week seems to bring some new disruption to your world, why once-solid institutions seem shaky, author Darrell West has some explanations. At the heart of them is the idea of megachange – itself rooted mostly in economics. Such periods of rapid disruption are cyclical...
Priceless [review of Virtual Competition The Promise and Perils of the Algorithm-Driven Economy]
Scariest of all is a scenario in which a computer figures out both the advantages of collusion and how to make it happen. Here, the situation might resemble what happened with AlphaGo, the computer program developed to play the board game Go. The program's success was mostly due to machine learni...
Dendrology: The community of trees
Trees are networkers. Far from the solitary splendour of the ancient old stager, it turns out that trees communicate with one another through their roots. Underground fungi — mycorrhizae associated with the root network — form a sort of subterranean internet that connects trees, passing messages ...
Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016
The ALife conferences are the major meeting of the artificial life research community since 1987. For its 15th edition in 2016, it was held in Latin America for the first time, in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico, from July 4 -8. The special them of the conference: How can the synthetic study of living ...
Network-Oriented Modeling - Jan Treur
This book presents a new approach that can be applied to complex, integrated individual and social human processes. It provides an alternative means of addressing complexity, better suited for its purpose than and effectively complementing traditional strategies involving isolation and separation...
Foundations of Data Science
While traditional areas of computer science remain highly important, increasingly re- searchers of the future will be involved with using computers to understand and extract usable information from massive data arising in applications, not just how to make com- puters useful on specific well-defi...
Infostorms
INFOSTORMS
Vincent F. Hendricks & Pelle G. Hansen
The information society is upon us. New technologies have given us back-pocket libraries, online discussion forums, blogs, crowd-based opinion aggregators, social media and breaking news wherever, whenever. But are we more enlightened and rational...
Network-Oriented Modeling - Jan Treur
This book presents a new approach that can be applied to complex, integrated individual and social human processes. It provides an alternative means of addressing complexity, better suited for its purpose than and effectively complementing traditional strategies involving isolation and separation...
Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016
The ALife conferences are the major meeting of the artificial life research community since 1987. For its 15th edition in 2016, it was held in Latin America for the first time, in the Mayan Riviera, Mexico, from July 4 -8. The special them of the conference: How can the synthetic study of living ...
Computational Personality Analysis | Yair Neuman
The emergence of intelligent technologies, sophisticated natural language processing methodologies and huge textual repositories, invites a new approach for the challenge of automatically identifying personality dimensions through the analysis of textual data. This short book aims to (1) introduc...
Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension (by Samuel Arbesman)
Why did the New York Stock Exchange suspend trading without warning on July 8, 2015? Why did certain Toyota vehicles accelerate uncontrollably against the will of their drivers? Why does the programming inside our airplanes occasionally surprise its creators?
After a thorough analysis by the ...
Energy, Complexity and Wealth Maximization (by Robert Ayres)
This book describes the evolution and mechanisms of natural wealth creation. The author explains how natural wealth consists of complex physical structures of condensed (“frozen”) energy and what the key requirements for wealth creation are, namely a change agent, a selection mechanism and a life...
Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets (by Luke Dittrich)
A journey into the life of the most studied human research subject of all time, the amnesic known as Patient H.M., a man who forever altered our understanding of how memory works—and whose treatment raises deeply unsettling questions about the human cost of scientific progress.

In 1953, a twent...