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Inheritance Is Moving Beyond Genetics and Epigenetics

March 10, 2018 Comments (0)

The idea that genes encode all the heritable features of living things has been a fundamental tenet of genetics and evolutionary biology for many years, but this assumption has always coexisted uncomfortably with the messy findings of empirical research. The complications have multiplied exponentially in recent years under the weight of new discoveries. Source: nautil.us

Information theory and complex life

March 10, 2018 Comments (0)

Despite the obvious advantage of simple life forms capable of fast replication, different levels of cognitive complexity have been achieved by living systems in terms of their potential to cope with environmental uncertainty. Against the inevitable cost associated with detecting environmental cues and responding to them in adaptive ways, we conjecture that the potential for predicting the environment can overcome the expenses associated with maintaining costly, complex structures. We present a...

Who holds the power?

March 9, 2018 Comments (0)

What was the cause of Donald Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election? Was it the peculiarities of the electoral college? Voter resistance to three-term rule by a single party? Anxiety about illegal immigration? As Niall Ferguson explains in The Square and the Tower, the answer lies largely in one word: networks.   Who holds the power?Sean P. CorneliusThe Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook Niall...

Autonomous agents modelling other agents: A comprehensive survey and open problems

March 9, 2018 Comments (0)

Much research in artificial intelligence is concerned with the development of autonomous agents that can interact effectively with other agents. An important aspect of such agents is the ability to reason about the behaviours of other agents, by constructing models which make predictions about various properties of interest (such as actions, goals, beliefs) of the modelled agents. A variety of modelling approaches now exist which vary widely in their methodology and underlying assumptions,...

Exploring Artificial Intelligence with Melanie Mitchell

March 9, 2018 Comments (0)

What is artificial intelligence? Could unintended consequences arise from increased use of this technology? How will the role of humans change with AI? How will AI evolve in the next 10 years? In this episode, Haley interviews leading Complex Systems Scientist, Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Melanie Mitchell. Professor Mitchell answers many profound questions about the field of artificial intelligence and gives...

The Active Inference Approach to Ecological Perception: General Information Dynamics for Natural and Artificial Embodied Cognition

March 8, 2018 Comments (0)

The emerging neurocomputational vision of humans as embodied, ecologically embedded, social agents—who shape and are shaped by their environment—offers a golden opportunity to revisit and revise ideas about the physical and information-theoretic underpinnings of life, mind, and consciousness itself. In particular, the active inference framework (AIF) makes it possible to bridge connections from computational neuroscience and robotics/AI to ecological psychology and phenomenology,...

The Emergence of Consensus: A Primer

March 7, 2018 Comments (0)

The origin of population-scale coordination has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. Recently, game theory, evolutionary approaches and complex systems science have provided quantitative insights on the mechanisms of social consensus. However, the literature is vast and widely scattered across fields, making it hard for the single researcher to navigate it. This short review aims to provide a compact overview of the main dimensions over which the debate has unfolded and to discuss...

Not-so-distant reading: A dynamic network approach to literature

March 6, 2018 Comments (0)

In this article we report about our efforts to develop and evaluate computational support tools for literary studies. We present a novel method and tool that allows interactive visual analytics of character occurrences in Victorian novels, and has been handed to humanities scholars and students for work with a number of novels from different authors. Our user study reveals insights about Victorian novels that are valuable for scholars in the digital humanities field, and informs UI as well as...

WICI Conference on Modelling Complex Urban Environments – June 21-22, 2018 | Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation | University of Waterloo

March 5, 2018 Comments (0)

The small conference “Modelling complex urban environments,” will be held June 21-22 at the University of Waterloo and is sponsored by the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation and the University of Waterloo International Research Partnership Development Grant program. Urban scholars have approached urban complexity using a variety of modelling tools, from descriptive models, atomistic discrete simulation models, systems dynamics models, and most recently, inductive...