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Tagged with “complexity” (4)

  1. BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Complexity

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss complexity theory.

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss complexity and how it can help us understand the world around us. When living beings come together and act in a group, they do so in complicated and unpredictable ways: societies often behave very differently from the individuals within them. Complexity was a phenomenon little understood a generation ago, but research into complex systems now has important applications in many different fields, from biology to political science. Today it is being used to explain how birds flock, to predict traffic flow in cities and to study the spread of diseases.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ls154

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  2. The Internet of Things

    A largely extemporary presentation on the Internet of Things; I got into a theme on the first slide and more or less stayed for for the full 40 minutes so there is new material in here. I also argued, somewhat polemically against over structured approaches to complex issues, mentioning SAP, Sharepoint, Sick Stigma and SAFe along the way. So sensitive soles might want to avoid this on. I want to develop some of this material over future presentation so expect more.

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  3. Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world

    TED Talks Kevin Slavin argues that we’re living in a world designed for — and increasingly controlled by — algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can’t understand, with implications we can’t control.

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

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  4. Swarm in Here… Or is it Just Me?

    From Are We Alone? Science radio for thinking species.

    An ant … can’t … move a rubber tree plant… but the colony can. As a group, ants are an efficient, organized, can-do bunch. And a model for humans trying to manage complex systems.

    Find out about the eerie collective intelligence of animals, and how an MIT researcher is hoping to put humans to work collaboratively to solve problems like climate change.

    Also … hear how research into flocking behavior helps Hollywood film a herd of stampeding dinosaurs.

    Guests:

    • Steve Strogatz – Applied mathematician at Cornell University and author of Sync: How Order Emerges From Chaos In the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life
    • Craig Reynolds – Senior researcher for Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Thomas Malone – Director of the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT
    • Iain Couzin – Biologist at Princeton University

    http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Swarm_in_Here_or_Is_It_Just_Me_

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