At school, college and university we learn about ‘academic systems’ - and they can be fully classifies, analyzed and characterized - they always have solutions. When we graduate into industry systems of this kind are deemed trivial and dispatched quickly and we then face a raft of problems previously skirted or avoided altogether. In this presentation we set out a core of things to be aware of right from the beginning of any study of systems - be they organic, inorganic, living tissue or a man made.
Systems design, understanding and realization is not only important, it is vital to the progress and survival of our species, but severely limited by our bounded mathematical models, whilst being full of new and exciting challenges. Increasingly we are turning to our man made systems to help us unpick and unravel biology and the systems we have created and engineered. The Genome, Protein Stack, and communication between the two is one example and Artificial Intelligence is another.
This slide set is not so much the first chapter, more likely the first sentence, in our overall understanding of systems, and one that is generally missing from courses in the topic. And our biggest challenge; we don’t know how big this book is going to be, or indeed how many chapters there will be and their precise content and coverage! This is what makes the study of ‘Systems’ so exciting - the opportunity to discover, understand and contribute!