This week at SFI, a multidisciplinary group of experts is gathered at SFI to work toward a quantitative science of how living things process energy and information to solve problems.
During an October 18 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, mathematician Jordan Ellenberg explored how math can help us think about the seemingly uncertain matters that dominate our lives. Watch his talk here.
Modern European cities and medieval cities share a population-density-to-area relationship, a new paper concludes – the latest research to find regularities in human settlement patterns across space and time.
Class Central, a site that collects information and reviews on thousands of online courses from around the world, recently ranked SFI’s “Introduction to Complexity” online course highest among 614 other online science courses.
Study: When a group must solve hard problems, it's best to design the team around its learning style
What is the best way for a group to collaborate on solving a difficult problem? A new study finds that the answer depends on how that particular group learns.
A new study led by SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik finds that low-emission cars aren't more expensive over their life cycles than conventional internal combustion vehicles, contrary to widespread belief.
In two lectures, Seth Lloyd explores what happens when one system gains an advantage in collecting and processing information – an advantage he believes underlies all creation and destruction in our universe. Watch his lectures here.
They and We. I am and We are. According to an analysis of the September 26 presidential debate by SFI's Simon DeDeo, the strongest distinction between Clinton and Trump was not what, but who.
A team of ecologists met at SFI recently to begin synthesizing an efficient theory that aims toward a more unified understanding of ecology.
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.
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.
A recent working group at SFI, “Human Settlements and Networks in History,” furthered a long-term exploration of urban scaling theory as it applies to human settlements through history and across cultures.
An attacker who gains access to a general-purpose machine can exploit its broad computational abilities to accomplish nefarious ends. As more devices go online – through cloud computing, connected cars, and the internet of things, for example – security becomes an increasing threat and challenge.
Applied Complexity Network (ACtioN) in London which drew participants from business and government, followed a meeting of scientists that took place in August at SFI. Both meetings concerned factors that determine the precision and reliability with which a system’s behavior can be predicted.
When big problems arise, we insist on the power of many brains. At the same time, everyday work meetings are notoriously dull and fruitless. Can certain conditions nudge collaborative problem solving in a more reliably productive direction?
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.