Failed Doomsday, eco-pocalyptic predictions and Extreme Problems

Extreme Problems are very large-scale multi-disciplinary problems, involving thousands or millions of variables and which cannot be solved using conventional technology. In such situations, it is impossible to determine the cause of the problem not only because of its sheer size but, most importantly, because it is frequently perceived through conventional eyes and distorted by…

The Concept of Asymmetric Democracy

Individuals are the atoms of a society, while families constitute its fundamental building blocks, its DNA. The amount of entropy or disorder that each individual ‘dumps’ into society depends on the amount of freedom, or impunity, society offers – or is willing to tolerate – as well as one’s moral compass, responsibility and, of course,…

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: A Next Generation Global Cyber Weapon

Since its founding in 2005 Ontonix has focused its QCM (Quantitative Complexity Management) technology on protection, problem prevention, ‘robustification’, early warnings and identification of crisis precursors in diverse fields and industries (manufacturing, engineering design, economics, finance, traffic control, medicine, etc.). The present blog introduces a new exotic application of the QCM technology – the use…

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…