At the heart of economics, a gamble

Simple gambles extend through all major branches of economic theory. And, according to a new paper by SFI’s Ole Peters and Murray Gell-Mann, we’ve been wrongly conceptualizing them for some 350 years.

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A new economics curriculum

Authors of a free, interactive open-access economics textbook meet at SFI to discuss new ways to teach the subject as a complex, dynamical system.

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Mapping the movements of birds and beasts

Using aerial drones to track the movements and interactions of a migrating herd of caribou, SFI Omidyar Fellow Andrew Berdahl plans to test a hypothesis that traveling en masse helps the herd navigate.

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A science of city skylines?

Articles in CityLab and MIT Technology Review highlight new SFI research on metropolitan buildings, population size, innovation, and a city’s carbon footprint.

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Adapting to adaptations

A new paper by SFI External Professor Juan Pérez-Mercader and colleague Matthew Egbert addresses the puzzle of how organisms regulate and respond to their own adaptations.

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Designing difficult problems

Computer scientists study optimization because algorithms can do heavy computational lifting. The ideal algorithm identities the best strategy and proves that no others are better.

 
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