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Overnight word-use analysis: In a race to the center, candidates split on pronouns
Sept. 27, 2016 -

They and We. I am and We are. According to an overnight analysis of Monday evening's presidential debate by SFI's Simon DeDeo, the strongest distinction between Clinton and Trump was not what, but who.

Happening now at SFI: Ecologists gather the pieces of a first-principles-derived ecological theory
Sept. 21, 2016 -

A team of ecologists meets at SFI this week to begin synthesizing an efficient theory that aims toward a more unified understanding of ecology.

What kind of human-AI hybrid do we wish to become?
- Nautilus
Sept. 7, 2016 -

In Nautilus, SFI President David Krakauer takes a critical look at artificial intelligence in light of humanity's long tradition of using tools to augment cognition -- and our more recent, perhaps darker tendency to let them do the thinking for us.

Watch the video of Rosalind Picard's SFI Community Lecture
Sept. 2, 2016 -

During an SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, Rosalind Picard reveals some of the surprises she has discovered at the intersection of human emotion and wearable tech. Watch her talk here.

Prediction: How good can we get?
Aug. 31, 2016 -

Scientists are getting better at prediction, but there’s good reason to believe we will eventually bump up against some fundamental limits. A recent workshop at SFI asked where those limits might be.

Study: Religious acts are perceived as conveying prosocial intent
Aug. 24, 2016 -

Whether it’s walking across hot coals or simply going to church on Sunday, people who participate in regular religious acts send a clear signal to others that they’re ready and willing to contribute to their communities, a new study suggests.

Powerful new metric quickly reveals network structure at multiple scales
- Scientific Reports
Aug. 18, 2016 -

Today, three researchers introduce a new method that reveals interesting and sometime surprising structures in networks, from power grids to the internet, at the micro, macro, and in-between scales.

Happening now at SFI: The neurobiology of recognizing faces in a crowd
Aug. 16, 2016 -

How do we recognize a face in a crowd? Experts are at SFI this month to explore how our brains process relevant information in a sea of noise.

Electric vehicles could meet most driving needs across diverse US cities
- Nature Energy
Aug. 15, 2016 -

Most US drivers could perform their daily personal vehicle trips with an electric vehicle, according to a new model by SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik and colleagues.

Apply now for the Omidyar Fellowship
Aug. 9, 2016 -

The Omidyar Postdoctoral Fellowship program is looking for creative thinkers to spend two to three years at the Santa Fe Institute. Apply here before October 30.

Networks, AI, and psychology for social change
Aug. 4, 2016 -

Drawing from network science, decision-making tools with artificial intelligence, and social influence theories, experts gathered at SFI recently to explore new ways to spark large-scale social change.

How microbiomes respond to disturbance
Aug. 2, 2016 -

To prepare for climate change, urbanization, or antibiotic resistance, we need to know how the microbial world we are immersed in will respond to stress. A recent SFI meeting sought progress.

Study: Replacing ill workers with healthy ones accelerates some epidemics
- Nature Physics
Aug. 1, 2016 -

A new network model shows that replacing infected front-line workers with healthy ones can actually accelerate the spread of certain infections.

Adaptive computation: The multidisciplinary legacy of John Holland
- Communications of the ACM
July 28, 2016 -

Stephanie Forrest and Melanie Mitchell recount the legacy of John Holland, a complexity science pioneer who passed away in August 2015.

Audio: SFI's Krakauer on information, order, computation, & intelligence
July 19, 2016 -

On the popular podcast "Waking Up with Sam Harris," SFI President David Krakauer weighs in on whether your brain is an information processor. It is, he says, because it converts disorder to order.

Superhuman: What are the limits to human performance?
July 18, 2016 -

A unique meeting at SFI in July brought together experts from fields as diverse as physics, neuroscience, sports, and dance to ask whether there are limits to human performance.

Paper: Group-navigating species may be vulnerable to collapse
- Movement Ecology
July 15, 2016 -

New research by SFI Omidyar Fellow Andrew Berdahl and collaborators reveals that populations relying on group navigation, such as migrating birds and salmon, could be vulnerable to sudden collapse.

Don't abandon national referendums, but smaller groups often make wiser choices
July 15, 2016 -

New research suggests that larger crowds do not always produce wiser decisions. Moderately-sized crowds are likely to outperform larger ones when faced with combinations of easy and difficult qualitative decisions.

How to detect hackers who know we’re on to them
- Journal of Network and Computer Applications
July 15, 2016 -

In a recent paper in the Journal of Network and Computer Applications, SFI Postdoc Justin Grana and his collaborators call on game theory to suggest a better way to stop cyber attackers.

Video: John McWhorter on 'The Language Hoax'
July 15, 2016 -

Watch linguist John McWhorter deliver a community lecture in which he rethinks the widely-held belief that the language we speak shapes how we experience life.

Learn agent-based modeling with Bill Rand this August
July 12, 2016 -

In SFI's new online course, Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling, participants will explore why agent-based modeling is a powerful way to understand complex systems.

Traditional science isolates: SFI brings fields together
- New Mexico Homes
July 12, 2016 -

The most recent issue of New Mexico Homes features the Santa Fe Institute, where "some of the greatest minds in science" are finding patterns in complex physical, biological, and social systems.

Enroll now for the Dynamics and Chaos MOOC with David Feldman
July 6, 2016 -

SFI's free online course, Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos with College of the Atlantic professor David Feldman, begins July 5. Topics to be covered include: phase space, bifurcations, chaos, the butterfly effect, strange attractors, and pattern formation.

Tracking animal migrations has become easier... now what?
June 30, 2016 -

During a working group this week at SFI, roughly a dozen ecologists and computer scientists will explore ways emerging technologies might help researchers better understand why and how individuals in migrating groups make the choices they do.

Migrate or cooperate? SFI working group tackles evolutionary fork-in-the-road
June 29, 2016 -

Researchers meet at SFI this week to understand how two evolutionary strategies -- migration and cooperation -- might have co-evolved, and in what situations one strategy prevails.

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