Complexity & Humanity 2.0

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A journey through complexity theory and our networked society, exploring how we got it wrong and the exponential growth in human capability.

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Complexity & Humanity 2.0

  1. The Discovery of Complexity
  2. We humans are virtuosic pattern-spotters…
  3. We learn through pattern recognition & storytelling
  4. ‘ Those who tell the stories rule society’ [Plato]
  5. We’re masters of inductive reasoning
  6. Drawing conclusions from patchy information in ambiguous environments
  7. Our behaviour is the opposite of perfect rationality
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  9. = Much of traditional economic theory is broken
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  11. So what?
  12. Humans don’t operate within an equilibrium system
  13. Our world is a complex adaptive system … dependent on networks
  14. If a system reaches a state of equilibrium it’s essentially dead
  15. We no longer seek perfection, but agility http://www.flickr.com/photos/97968921@N00/2066174371/sizes/o/
  16. Every organism needs to eliminate its waste products or else it poisons itself [Drucker]
  17. The more massive an object the more energy is required to change its direction
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  19. Simple rules > complex behaviour Complex rules > stupid behaviour
  20. New business models embrace our inherent sociability http://www.flickr.com/photos/eelssej_/394781835/sizes/o/
  21. ‘ The internet and associated technologies are so powerful because they unleash our social souls....our incredible desire and need to live our lives in the company of others, to be social creatures’ - Mark Earls
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  24. The amount of solar energy we’re creating is doubling every 2 years That means we’re just 8 doublings away from meeting 100% of our energy needs And there’s 10,000 times more sunlight than we need
  25. There’s a direct correlation between GDP growth & mobile use
  26. Technology makes the invisible visible
  27. Enabling everyday citizens to play a role in protecting the planet
  28. Giving voice to the people who are willing to work to see a better world
  29. Open data enables medical treatments to be made quickly
  30. ‘ Pessimism is a luxury of good times… in difficult times, pessimism is a self-fulfilling, self-inflicted death sentence’ [Evelin Lindner]
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