Abstract: The fragile are damaged by perturbations. The robust are not affected by perturbations. The antifragile benefit from perturbations. Developed only a decade ago by Nassim Taleb, antifragility has been found in a broad range of phenomena. Examples of antifragility include physical exercise, the immune system, hormesis, and Mexican aguas frescas. I will present a measure of antifragility we proposed recently, and examples of its application to study stocks, cryptocurrencies, genetic regulatory networks, and ecosystems. Antifragility basically exploits environmental perturbations (noise) to drive a system towards balance. Certainly, “optimal antifragility” will depend on how much noise and how variable environments are, which highlights the relevance of adaptation.
Noyce Conference Room
US Mountain Time
Carlos Gershenson (SFI)
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