Participatory Computing for Our Complex World                    Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich)              New science and te...
What It Means to Live in an Information Age§    Global ICT = most complex artifact§    Billions of interacting component...
Alex (‚Sandy‘) Pentland of the MIT Media Lab Says: §  Our financial, transportation, health     system are broken §  We n...
Networking is Good … But Promotes Cascading Effects                                                   §    We now have a ...
Are Derivatives Financial Weapons                   of Mass Destruction?Buffett warns on investment time bombDerivatives a...
The Flash Crash on May 6, 2010      600 billion dollars evaporated in 20 minutesThe flash crash turned solid assets into pe...
Cascading Effects During Financial Crises         Video by Frank Schweitzer et al.
Cascading Effect and Blackout in the       European Power Grid  Failure in the continental European electricity grid on No...
Revolutions: Another Cascading Effect                                                       ?                             ...
Political Cascading Effects      Transition from hierarchies to      democracies       (source: Jürgen Mimkes)            ...
Need New Science to Fill Knowledge GapsFor 30 years or so have we globalized ourworld and pushed for technologicalrevoluti...
Our Thinking Determines What We See …
…And What We Can’t See…!                                   We need to overcome thelimitations of our conventionalthinking!
The Need to Look Behind What Our Senses Tell Us                   Geocentric Picture:                    Epicycles around ...
Emergent Phenomena in Pedestrian Crowds                                                 At high densities, several people ...
Low Predictability Due to the"                              Sensitivity to Varying Model Parameters                       ...
Paradoxical Slower-Is-Faster Effect                 in Chip Production                                                  Sl...
Instability: John D. Sterman’s Beer Game                                          Perturbations in demand amplify
As Coupling Gets Stronger, System Behavior Can    Change Completely: Traffic Breakdowns                                  Th...
As Coupling Gets Stronger, System Behavior Can     Change Completely: Crowd Disasters                                     ...
Strongly Coupled and Complex System Behave               Fundamentally Different1.  Faster dynamics2.  Increased frequency...
Instruments to Explore the WorldConnect web experiments with data mining andmodelling tools to reach an acceleration of kn...
Build platforms                                    to explore & interact                   What for?                      ...
Platforms                                to explore & interact                                      Global                ...
The FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator                                                                                        ...
Platforms                                to explore & interact                                      Global                ...
Crowd-Sourcing 3D Environments                              See also Open Streetmap - the free Wiki world map
More Sustainability and Resilience through Collective, ICT-Enabled (Self-)Awareness 1.  Goal: Measure the world’s state   ...
New Compasses for Decision-Makers                                                                                         ...
Platforms                                to explore & interact                                      Global                ...
Building FuturICT’s Living Earth Simulator                                  "                                            A...
Modelling the global spread of H1N1,"                                                      combining models of epidemiolog...
Building FuturICT’s Living Earth Simulator                                                §  Integrate existing models (t...
Managing Complexity: Is It a Lost Battle?§  In a strongly varying world, strict stability and control is not possible   a...
How to Utilize Properties of Complex Systems?
Managing Complexity: Modifying InteractionsAllows to Promote Favorable Self-Organization
Self-Control of Traffic Lights: Making More Out of                 Scarce Resources      Smarter CitiesInspiration: Self-or...
Avoiding Crowd Disasters                                                                                                  ...
Conflict in the Middle East: Possible Future                 Scenarios   ‘Business as Usual’     Clinton Parameters
Platforms                                to explore & interact                                      Global                ...
An Open, Transparent Platform for Everyone                                                §    Goal: An open platform for...
Decision-Making Support                        Debate Platforms & "   Argument Maps
World of Modelling for Simulation                                          App Developer Toolkit &    Computational Modeli...
Interactive Virtual Worlds for Exploration                                            Multi-player serious online games " ...
Interactive Virtual Worlds as Experimental Testbed      For example different financial architectures, voting rules,       ...
Platforms                                to explore & interact                                      Global                ...
Sparking Off Innovations by ‚Hilbert Programs‘???        + Funding
Socio-Inspired ICTUnderstanding the hidden laws and processes of society  Development a new wave of robust, trustworthy an...
Coming Era of Socio-Inspired Innovations                                              Understanding socially interactive s...
Social Money                                                                           Thanks to Frank Schweitzer         ...
The Challenge of InnovationEvery revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stagesof reaction. They may be summed up by the p...
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  1. 1. Participatory Computing for Our Complex World Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich) New science and technology to understand and manage our complex world in a more sustainable and resilient way
  2. 2. What It Means to Live in an Information Age§  Global ICT = most complex artifact§  Billions of interacting components§  Many autonomous decisions §  à Artificial social systems!§  Example: Computer-based automated financial trading §  Too much data §  Too much speed §  Too much complexity ICT is part of the problem, but also key to the solution! Need to understand socially interacting systems!
  3. 3. Alex (‚Sandy‘) Pentland of the MIT Media Lab Says: §  Our financial, transportation, health system are broken §  We need to develop a decentralized adaptive approach §  Managing complexity requires real- time data mining The more complex our systems become, the more do we need a decentralized management concept based on facilitating favorable self- organization. This requires real-time data to allow for flexible, adaptive response.
  4. 4. Networking is Good … But Promotes Cascading Effects §  We now have a global exchange of people, money, goods, information, ideas…§  Globalization and technological change have created a strongly coupled and interdependent world Network infrastructures create pathways for disaster spreading! Need adaptive decoupling strategies.
  5. 5. Are Derivatives Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction?Buffett warns on investment time bombDerivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction "Warren Buffett The rapidly growing trade in derivatives poses a "mega-catastrophic risk" for the economy ..., legendary investor Warren Buffett has warned. The worlds second-richest man made the comments in his famous and plain-spoken"annual letter to shareholders", excerpts of which have been published by Fortunemagazine. The derivatives market has exploded in recent years, with investment banks sellingbillions of dollars worth of these investments to clients as a way to off-load or managemarket risk. But Mr Buffett argues that such highly complex financial instruments are time bombsand "financial weapons of mass destruction" that could harm not only their buyersand sellers, but the whole economic system. (BBC, 4 March, 2003)
  6. 6. The Flash Crash on May 6, 2010 600 billion dollars evaporated in 20 minutesThe flash crash turned solid assets into penny stocks within minutes.Was an interaction effect, no criminal act, ‘fat finger’, or error.
  7. 7. Cascading Effects During Financial Crises Video by Frank Schweitzer et al.
  8. 8. Cascading Effect and Blackout in the European Power Grid Failure in the continental European electricity grid on November 4, 2006 EU project IRRIIS: E. Liuf (2007) Critical Infrastructure protection, R&D view
  9. 9. Revolutions: Another Cascading Effect ? ? The Arabic Blogosphere
  10. 10. Political Cascading Effects Transition from hierarchies to democracies (source: Jürgen Mimkes) hierarchy transition democracy W orl d GNP and f ertility G N P pe r p e r s on in US $ 35 .0 00 h iera rc hies 30 .0 00 tran sitio n 25 .0 00 d em oc ra cies 20 .0 00 tran sitio n lin e 15 .0 00 de m o c r ac i es 10 .0 00 5 .0 00 h i e ra r c h i es 0 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 fe rt i li t y f, c h i ld re n p e r w o m e n
  11. 11. Need New Science to Fill Knowledge GapsFor 30 years or so have we globalized ourworld and pushed for technologicalrevolutions, but the global systems scienceto understand the resulting complex systemsis lacking.1.  Science of systemic risks2.  Practically relevant theory of complex systems3.  New data science4.  Integrated systems design to manage complexity5.  Coevolution of ICT with society
  12. 12. Our Thinking Determines What We See …
  13. 13. …And What We Can’t See…! We need to overcome thelimitations of our conventionalthinking!
  14. 14. The Need to Look Behind What Our Senses Tell Us Geocentric Picture: Epicycles around the Earth Heliocentric Picture: Elliptical paths around the sun
  15. 15. Emergent Phenomena in Pedestrian Crowds At high densities, several people may compete for the same gap and block each other. This constitutes a conflict and causes intermittent outflows and a faster-is-slower effect.At low densities: At largeself-organized lane formation, densities:like Adam Smith’s invisible handcoordination breaks down
  16. 16. Low Predictability Due to the" Sensitivity to Varying Model Parameters 360 340Wet Bench in Semiconductor Production 320 300 280 260 DS 240 220 200 180Chemical Water Chemical Water GC Chemical Water Dryer Park Positions Input, 160 Output 140 120 100 89 180 240 01-DHF critical ontime 01-ST_dhf 380460540620 300 360 420 02-QDR_1 03-SC_1 380460540620 300 360 420 04-QDR_2 06-SC_2 380 460540620 07-QDR_3 510 570 08-DMG Throughput TEST_1 TEST_2 TEST_3 Analyse software 266,8 255,9 246,1 Production machine 150,9 155,5 178,4 Difference in w/h 115,9 100,4 67,7
  17. 17. Paradoxical Slower-Is-Faster Effect in Chip Production Slower-is- faster effectOld recipe: New recipe:ca. 170/h ca. 230/h
  18. 18. Instability: John D. Sterman’s Beer Game Perturbations in demand amplify
  19. 19. As Coupling Gets Stronger, System Behavior Can Change Completely: Traffic Breakdowns Thanks to Yuki Sugiyama Capacity drop, when capacity is most needed! At high densities, free traffic flow is unstable: Despite best efforts, drivers fail to maintain speed
  20. 20. As Coupling Gets Stronger, System Behavior Can Change Completely: Crowd Disasters Love Parade Disaster in Duisburg, 2010At low densities:self-organized lane formation, like Adam Smith’s invisible hand At large densities: coordination breaks down
  21. 21. Strongly Coupled and Complex System Behave Fundamentally Different1.  Faster dynamics2.  Increased frequency of extreme events – can have any size3.  Self-organization dominates system dynamics4.  Emergent and counterintuitive system behavior, unwanted feedback, cascade and side Change of perspective (from a effects component- to an interaction-5.  Predictability goes down oriented view) will reveal new solutions!6.  External control is difficult 7.  Larger vulnerability Need a science of multi-level complex systems!
  22. 22. Instruments to Explore the WorldConnect web experiments with data mining andmodelling tools to reach an acceleration of knowledgegeneration as in the Human Genome Project Hubble, Nasa
  23. 23. Build platforms to explore & interact What for? Turn knowledge into wisdom People What is? What if? Create systems Data provide data Models Develop models to sense & create new technology to simulate & understand predictTurn data into information Turn information into knowledge
  24. 24. Platforms to explore & interact Global Participatory Platform Innovation Accelerator Planetary Living Systems Nervous provide data Earth Models to sense & System create new technology Simulator to simulate &understand predict
  25. 25. The FuturICT Knowledge Accelerator Thanks to Michael Mäs Humanities Qualitative Quantitative Economics Sociology Sociology Crowd Computational Data Science Complexity Sourcing Social Science PNS Science GPP LESIntegrating the best knowledge from the social, natural, and engineeringsciences, particulary social sciences, complexity sciences, and ICT
  26. 26. Platforms to explore & interact Global Participatory Platform Innovation Accelerator Planetary Living Systems Nervous provide data Earth Models to sense & System create new technology Simulator to simulate &understand predict
  27. 27. Crowd-Sourcing 3D Environments See also Open Streetmap - the free Wiki world map
  28. 28. More Sustainability and Resilience through Collective, ICT-Enabled (Self-)Awareness 1.  Goal: Measure the world’s state and ‘social footprint’ in real time, detect possible threats and opportunities 2.  Use smartphones, social media, digital news sources, sensors… 3.  Incentives to provide data 4.  Control over own data 5.  Privacy-respecting data miningRequires a ‘Planetary Nervous System’ Painting by Maurits Cornelis Escherto answer ‘what is’ questions and a Examples: Open streetmap,‘Living Earth Simulator’ to answer earthquake sensing and warning‘what if’ questions.
  29. 29. New Compasses for Decision-Makers Consider social capital: §  Solidarity, cooperativeness, §  compliance, §  reputation, trust, GDP §  attention, curiosity, §  happiness, health, §  environmental care…Goal: Createindices better than GDP/capita, considering health, Green = Happiest Blueenvironment, social Purplewell-being, … Orangeto promote Red = Least Happysustainability Grey = Data not available Happiness
  30. 30. Platforms to explore & interact Global Participatory Platform Innovation Accelerator Planetary Living Systems Nervous provide data Earth Models to sense & System create new technology Simulator to simulate &understand predict
  31. 31. Building FuturICT’s Living Earth Simulator " Analysis of “What if …” Scenarios Data Models Forecasts demographic infection data contact network models transport + = data multi- scale geographic models ...complexity... data agent- based modelsscenario predictions §  Integrate data and modelsanalysis Validation §  Scale them up to global scale §  Make them more accuratepriorities policies (thanks to Alex Vespignani) Possibilities are limited, but even short-term prediction can be useful, as weather forecasts or new traffic light controls show.
  32. 32. Modelling the global spread of H1N1," combining models of epidemiology and global travel data
  33. 33. Building FuturICT’s Living Earth Simulator §  Integrate existing models (traffic, production, economic system, crowd behavior, social cooperation, social norms, social conflict, crime, war…)§  Scale them up to global scale§  Increase degree of detail, accuracy (statistical and sensitivity analysis, calibration, validation, identification of crucial and questionable modeling assumptions,…)
  34. 34. Managing Complexity: Is It a Lost Battle?§  In a strongly varying world, strict stability and control is not possible anymore or excessively expensive §  Example: Public spending deficits§  Hierarchically organized structures have a critical size, beyond which they become unstable§  Examples: Decay of Soviet Union; many failed mergers in the last decade (Daimler-Chrysler, BMW-Rover, Allianz-Dresdner Bank, …) §  A paradigm shift towards flexible, agile, adaptive systems is needed, possible - and overdue! Boeing 747: Constructed for stable flight Su-47: Utilizes dynamic instability
  35. 35. How to Utilize Properties of Complex Systems?
  36. 36. Managing Complexity: Modifying InteractionsAllows to Promote Favorable Self-Organization
  37. 37. Self-Control of Traffic Lights: Making More Out of Scarce Resources Smarter CitiesInspiration: Self-organizedoscillations at bottlenecksMeasurementinput Optimal compromise between coordination and Licensing Opportunity local flexibility
  38. 38. Avoiding Crowd Disasters Flow Monitoring in 2007 Situation in 2006§  Avoiding crossing and counter-flows§  Real-time flow monitoring Beneficial for all mode§  Adaptive rerouting of transport and for the environment§  Contingency plans October, 3rd, 2011 Resilient Flow Organization in 2007 STS Forum, 8th Annual Meeting, Kyoto 38
  39. 39. Conflict in the Middle East: Possible Future Scenarios ‘Business as Usual’ Clinton Parameters
  40. 40. Platforms to explore & interact Global Participatory Platform Innovation Accelerator Planetary Living Systems Nervous provide data Earth Models to sense & System create new technology Simulator to simulate &understand predict
  41. 41. An Open, Transparent Platform for Everyone §  Goal: An open platform for everyone, overcome “black holes” for data and data fragmentation§  Transparent data sources and quality, transparent algorithms, transparent results§  Potentials: New services and jobs, less barriers for social, economic and political participation§  Problem: A new public good, requiring mechanisms to avoid data pollution, manipulation, misuse, privacy intrusion, cybercrime§  How to promote responsible use? §  Need to develop a Trustable Web, a self-regulating information ecosystem
  42. 42. Decision-Making Support Debate Platforms & " Argument Maps
  43. 43. World of Modelling for Simulation App Developer Toolkit & Computational Modeling App Store, incl. Commercial Software/Services
  44. 44. Interactive Virtual Worlds for Exploration Multi-player serious online games " across diverse platforms
  45. 45. Interactive Virtual Worlds as Experimental Testbed For example different financial architectures, voting rules, transparency and privacy settings, etc.
  46. 46. Platforms to explore & interact Global Participatory Platform Innovation Accelerator Planetary Living Systems Nervous provide data Earth Models to sense & System create new technology Simulator to simulate &understand predict
  47. 47. Sparking Off Innovations by ‚Hilbert Programs‘??? + Funding
  48. 48. Socio-Inspired ICTUnderstanding the hidden laws and processes of society Development a new wave of robust, trustworthy andadaptive information systems based on socially inspiredparadigms. Facebook is by nowFundamental transformational effect on ICT and one of the mostComputer Science valuable companies in the world (65 billion $) 3. Socio-inspired, 1. Collective awareness bottom-up 2. Social adaptiveness self-organization
  49. 49. Coming Era of Socio-Inspired Innovations Understanding socially interactive systems facilitates socio-inspired ICT§  Cooperation, Example: A ‘Trustable Web’,§  adaptability and self-regulation, reputation-based and self-§  conflict resolution, regulating, to keep§  resilience, cybercrime low§  trust, §  reputation, §  social norms, §  values, ethics, and §  cultureEconomic benefits!New solutions to societal problems!
  50. 50. Social Money Thanks to Frank Schweitzer and Dirk BrockmannTreat money as nodes in a money flow network rather than as a one-dimensional entity (scalar), give it multi-dimensionality, memory, history, reputation.
  51. 51. The Challenge of InnovationEvery revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stagesof reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: 1- Its completely impossible. 2- Its possible, but its not worth doing. 3- I said it was a good idea all along. Arthur C. ClarkeThe five stages of innovation People deny that the innovation is required. People deny that the innovation is effective. People deny that the innovation is important. People deny that the innovation will justify the effort required to adopt it. People accept and adopt the innovation, enjoy its benefits, attribute it to peopleother than the innovator, and deny the existence of stages 1 to 4.Inspired by Alexander von Humboldts Three Stages Of Scientific Discovery
  52. 52. Stop Searching Where the Light Is!
  53. 53. Thanks to all supporters!

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