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The roots of resilience

March 3, 2018 Comments (0)

Resilience is on many people’s minds these days. Hurricanes and fires regularly wallop communities. The risks of climate change loom large, and the horrors of war and the refugee crises they’ve spawned show no signs of abating. Bitter political divisions have yielded to acrimony and gloom. But although hardship cripples some, others rebound. What can science can teach us about how we might adapt and gird for future challenges? In this series of stories, we examine ways of coping...

Would Twitter Ruin Bee Democracy?

March 2, 2018 Comments (0)

Simple-majority democracy is used by many animals. But they don’t have social media. Source: nautil.us

Saving lives by regulating guns: Evidence for policy

March 2, 2018 Comments (0)

Gun violence is a leading cause of death in the United States, where over 36,000 people were killed by gunshot in 2015 [including homicide, suicide, and accident (1)]. The gun-murder rate is 25 times as high in the United States as in other high-income nations, and the gun-suicide rate is eight times as high (2). Interpersonal gun violence has deleterious effects on economic development and standard of living in heavily impacted neighborhoods (3). Given this heavy burden, it is greatly...

Complex Networks 2018

March 1, 2018 Comments (0)

The International Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications aims at bringing together researchers from different scientific communities working on areas related to complex networks. Two types of contributions are welcome: theoretical developments arising from practical problems, and case studies where methodologies are applied. Both contributions are aimed at stimulating the interaction between theoreticians and practitioners.   The 7th International Conference on Complex...

Articles by Dirk Helbing at the Globalist

February 28, 2018 Comments (0)

Recent articles:   Google and the Birth of a Digital God?A question that not only science fiction lovers should ask is: What future do we want to live in?   Digital Fascism Rising?Can we still stop a world of technological totalitarianism? We Need Peace Rooms, Not War RoomsA proposal for the pro-social use of big data intelligence   The World Today: A Net Assessment Is the call for a global emergency mere alarmism? Or do we really have reason to be alarmed? Source:...

Projecting battery adoption in the prosumer era

February 28, 2018 Comments (0)

•We calculate the profitability of residential battery systems. •Available batteries can significantly increase consumer self-sufficiency. •Batteries are uneconomic with current tariffs for most consumers. •We calculate the conditions required for widespread residential battery adoption. •Electricity prices above $0.40/kW h and PV subsidies below $0.05/kW h are required.   Projecting battery adoption in the prosumer eraEdwardBarbour, Marta C.González Applied...

Horizontal transfer of code fragments between protocells can explain the origins of the genetic code without vertical descent

February 28, 2018 Comments (0)

Theories of the origin of the genetic code typically appeal to natural selection and/or mutation of hereditable traits to explain its regularities and error robustness, yet the present translation system presupposes high-fidelity replication. Woese’s solution to this bootstrapping problem was to assume that code optimization had played a key role in reducing the effect of errors caused by the early translation system. He further conjectured that initially evolution was dominated by...

Convergence of marine megafauna movement patterns in coastal and open oceans

February 27, 2018 Comments (0)

Understanding the key drivers of animal movement is crucial to assist in mitigating adverse impacts of anthropogenic activities on marine megafauna. We found that movement patterns of marine megafauna are mostly independent of their evolutionary histories, differing significantly from patterns for terrestrial animals. We detected a remarkable convergence in the distribution of speed and turning angles across organisms ranging from whales to turtles (epitome for the slowest animals on land but...

Why Self-Taught Artificial Intelligence Has Trouble With the Real World

February 27, 2018 Comments (0)

Until very recently, the machines that could trounce champions were at least respectful enough to start by learning from human experience. To beat Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, IBM engineers made use of centuries of chess wisdom in their Deep Blue computer. In 2016, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo thrashed champion Lee Sedol at the ancient board game Go after poring over millions of positions from tens of thousands of human games. But now artificial intelligence researchers are rethinking...

8th Morphogenetic Engineering Workshop at ALife 2018

February 26, 2018 Comments (0)

This special session aims to promote and expand Morphogenetic Engineering, a field of research exploring the artificial design and implementation of autonomous systems capable of developing complex, heterogeneous morphologies. Particular emphasis is set on the programmability and computing abilities of self-organization, properties that are often underappreciated in complex systems science—while, conversely, the benefits of self-organization are often underappreciated in engineering...