As the means to smelt ores and produce bronze spread through Europe, the new technology was one small part of broader sweeping changes in agriculture, animal husbandry, warfare, traditions of construction and settlement, and trade.
Theoretical neuroscientists and mathematicians gathered at SFI recently to explore new ways to let “embodied intelligent systems” – that’s robots – learn coordination. At the small working group October 8-11, 2013 at SFI, nine researchers began hammering out a new theoretical approach for enabling robots to learn to walk, for example, in much the same way infants do.
For a few days in September, urban researchers, city planners, and representatives from international organizations and major corporations met at SFI to explore how Big Data can help them better understand and manage cities.
In a September 30 Business Network topical meeting in London, participants explored the evolution of the modern corporation, the corporate life cycle, the impact of globalization, and the relationship between corporations and other major social institutions.
SFI's Dunne leads project on why Polynesian islanders lived sustainably on some islands but not on others
Research led by SFI Chair of Faculty Jennifer Dunne is among 21 new projects being funded by the NSF to develop a better understanding of how humans and the environment interact.
As the Institute approaches its 30th year, a group of distinguished scientists recently took time to revisit and build on questions of emergence.
Graduate students and postdocs participating in SFI's 2013 Complex Systems Summer School collaborated to develop some 15 original research papers. See their research.
In an SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein asked whether human moral progress is a gift of empathy and emotion or of reason and logic.
In a series of three lectures September 10-12 in Santa Fe, SFI’s Stephanie Forrest revealed surprising commonalities between computers and organisms, then described research that blurs the distinction further. Watch her talks.
Hundreds of 5th-8th grade girls spent Saturday, October 5, with New Mexico women who have chosen careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computing.
Network theorists usually assume blackouts spread the same way diseases do – by close contact – but for power grids “the relevant network is not the physical network” of lines and towers and transfer stations, says SFI Professor Cris Moore.
SFI is seeking nominations and applications for the Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics. Apply by November 1, 2013.
The popular Science On Screen series continues Tuesday evening, August 20, in Santa Fe with SFI's Doyne Farmer and the 1974 quirky sci-fi cult film classic Zardoz.
SFI announced today that Sidney Redner will join the Institute's resident faculty in July 2014. Redner now chairs the physics department at Boston University.
The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama will name France Cordova to lead the National Science Foundation. Cordova is an SFI visiting professor.
In a July 31 talk in Santa Fe, ASU President Michael Crow suggested a new kind of academic institution that might be up to addressing tomorrow's complex and interrelated challenges. Watch his presentation.