How To Save Democracy From Itself

Prologue from “Governing a Liquid Society – How to Save Democracy From Itself”   In the past the Earth was populated by numerous civilizations. The Greeks, the Incas, or the Romans are just a few egregious examples. Because the temporal and spatial correlation between those civilizations was often non-existent, or very limited, if one happened…

Complexity and Revisiting Anomaly Detection

Wikipedia: “In data mining, anomaly detection (also outlier detection) is the identification of rare items, events or observations which raise suspicions by differing significantly from the majority of the data. Typically the anomalous items will translate to some kind of problem such as bank fraud, a structural defect, medical problems or errors in a text.…

Ryanair, a Fragile Complex Giant.

The laws of systemantics are said to be pseudo-science. Fair enough. A few of these laws are listed below. They apply to highly complex systems. Think of these laws and then think of the EU, the Euro or, most recently, Ryanair.   Le Chatelier’s Principle: Complex systems tend to oppose their own proper function. As systems grow…

When Will AI become Less Artificial and More Intelligent?

From Wikipedia: “Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, the field of AI research defines itself as the study of “intelligent agents”: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal. Colloquially, the term “artificial intelligence” is applied when a machine mimics…

Why ICT Systems Implode

  Remember the recent British Airways IT meltdown? Problems with power supply are believed to have caused the problem. Note the word “believed”. According to the mentioned source, when the system came back online, it did so in an uncontrolled manner, damaging the IT system and initiating a sequence of events that plunged the system…

Stop Pretending that an Economy Can Be Controlled

We reproduce verbatim a very interesting article by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General. All our blogs are original, with very minor exceptions. This is one of those exceptions. An exceptional article: “The recent financial crisis exposed some serious flaws in our economic thinking. It has highlighted the need to look at economic policy with more critical,…