The Unlikely Power of Uncertainty and Contradiction

Math is often thought of as a discipline of certainty and consistency — of black and white, zeroes and ones. But in reality, mathematics is full of uncertainty and contradiction. In this talk, mathematician and author Jordan Ellenberg discusses how this gray area provides us with powerful tools...

Collapse and Re-birth

The Information Edge: Creation and Destruction in Life, the Economy, and the Universe SFI’s popular Ulam Lecture Series -- now in its 24th year – features two talks that explore the Information Edge, the principle underlying both the creation and destruction of our universe’s complex...

Birth

The Information Edge: Creation and Destruction in Life, the Economy, and the Universe SFI’s popular Ulam Lecture Series -- now in its 24th year – features two talks that explore the Information Edge, the principle underlying both the creation and destruction of our universe’s complex...

Surprises at the Intersection of Human Emotion and Wearable Tech

How will our future computers, robots and smartphones get the emotional intelligence they need to be truly useful? This talk highlights the adventures behind some of the world's first technologies that recognize human emotion. Researcher and author Rosalind W. Picard will share surprises from her...

The Language Hoax

The language we speak shapes how we experience life, creating a world view based on its vocabulary and grammar…right? Not so, says John McWhorter. Drawing from the scientific literature, McWhorter explains how this widely-held belief is not only false, it leads to dangerous assumptions about cultures...

The Theory That’s Missing from Big Data: Beyond the Hype

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Lightning Research Talks

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Welcome and Overview

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Flash Talk

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

The Complexity and New Challenges of Research Funding

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Flash Talk

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Lightning Research Talks

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Function in an Abiotic World

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

History of Graffiti: Coast to Coast

2016 Santa Fe Institute Annual Science Board Symposium Data Futures and Funding Futures: Shifting Landscapes

Emerging Diseases, Deadly Lessons

It has been more than two years since confirmation of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in West Africa. Now, with the end of the outbreak in sight, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the experience. The global impact of that epidemic, and recent outbreaks of SARS and influenza,...

Smart Machines…and What They Can Still Learn from People

For nearly half a century, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been more science fiction than science: exciting, possible, but just out of reach. And despite significant advances, "strong AI" in many ways remains elusive. Best-selling author and entrepreneur Gary Marcus provides a cognitive scientist's...

Four the hard way: Computer design and living software

Traditional digital computers are deterministic, synchronous, centralized, and bounded—simplifying assumptions that interlock to resist fundamental change, even though their collective results are incurring growing scale and security liabilities in the modern world. "Indefinitely scalable...

The Urban Species: How Domesticated Humans Evolved

Modern humans are building megacities – and networks of megacities – at an unprecedented scale. Annalee Newitz compares today’s urbanization phenonmenon to that of the Neolithic period roughly 9,000 years ago, when humans first began living in sedentary communities. That shift prompted...

DNA, Love, and Gender

When it comes to human behavior, some traits are neither nature nor nurture, but something altogether different. That “something” is epigenetics, the science that helps to explain how the environment, including some social interactions, alter DNA. In this talk, Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu gives...

Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

What shapes our personalities? How do we account for near-death experiences? How do we make decisions? And what happens when we accept that everything we feel and think stems not from an immaterial spirit but from electrical and chemical activity in our brains? Neurophilosopher Churchland grounds the...