Paradoxes in microbial economies

In a new paper in Nature Communications, three SFI-affiliated researchers describe a trio of paradoxical dynamics that can arise in simple microbial economies. The paper looks at just one type of scenario: a self-sufficiency model where two types of microbes are producing goods that are valuable to both themselves and others. 

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When species compete, it’s a colossal game of rock-paper-scissors

Organisms competing for contested resources like nutrients, light, and space play an important role in biodiversity shown in a recent paper co-authored by incoming SFI Omidyar Fellow Jacopo Grilli whose model offers a better understanding than that provided by previous models of how diverse communities are maintained in nature.

 
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New Studios deliver ACtioN-able insights

SFI’s Applied Complexity Network (ACtioN) is offering The Studio which is a multi-day intensive workshop wherein a group of a firm’s decision-makers convene at SFI and meet with SFI scientists to work through aspects of complexity theory that apply to their organization’s specific challenges.

 
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Global trade entrenches poverty traps

A theorem published this week in the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics suggests that greater engagement in the international exchange can actually reinforce productivity-impeding practices that keep countries in poverty.

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October events celebrate InterPlanetary future

The Santa Fe Institute invites space enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the pressing problems of today by imagining the challenges of tomorrow in a series of city-wide events from October 13 through October 17.

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Working group: When physiology computes

The body includes the brain — so what role does it play in intelligence? An SFI working group meets to explore morphological computation and a theory of embodied intelligence.

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