“Complicated” vs. “Complex”

Martijn Linssen

The background: A gentleman who makes a living “reducing complexity” for IT systems keeps running into some of us on Twitter who study complexity. The ask: There is a group of complexity aficionados that criticize my use of the word “complexity.” ” In general, these are folks who are influenced by the Cynefin framework that considers complexity and complicated to be different attributes of a system. The Emergence of Complexity.

The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on. A firms is best viewed as a kind-of rather large and highly complex family.

The search for a genetic killer

Mind Hacks

Something as simple as a DNA sequence cannot explain anything as complex as behaviour. The medical examiner for the Sandy Hook shooting has requested a genetic analysis of killer Adam Lanza.

Pseudorandom Thoughts on Privacy, Security and Trust

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Contributing factors include expanding networks, growing e-commerce, complex software, greater pressure to reduce time to market, and the ubiquity of computers. For example, Google's code search. A system is only as secure as its weakest point. Feynman also got involved in safe-cracking - he would try to find patterns in the security. From a security implementor's point of view - stupid defenses only keep out stupid attackers. Security is not convenient.

Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are a kind of friction incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right supply chain partners, establishing a trusted relationship, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on.

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Blockchain and the Future of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right partners and prices; coordinating an ecosystem of partners; negotiating, monitoring and enforcing contracts; and so on.

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How Will AI Likely Impact How We Work, Live and Play?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Public safety and security. “One of the more successful uses of AI analytics is in detecting white collar crime, such as credit card fraud.

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Shaping the Future of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As is the case with any complex system, the Internet’s design has been the result of many different choices. As a result, there’s no one overall owner responsible for security , - arguably the biggest challenge facing the Internet.

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The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data is now being generated by just about everything and everybody around us, including the growing volume of online and offline transactions, web searches, social media interactions, billions of smart mobile devices and 10s of billions of smart IoT sensors.

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Computing Beyond Moore’s Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And, and as is often the case when it comes to highly complex systems, I find myself turning to biology as a source of inspiration, in particular, to evolutionary biology. By the end of the Cambrian geological period, the diversity and complexity of life began to resemble that of today.

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Over time, sophisticated applications were developed to help manage more complex operations, including enterprise resource planning , customer relationship management and human resources.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): VisualComplexity.com: A Resource on the Visualization of Complex Networks

Mark Oehlert

His site, visualcomplexity.com is a great resource - a great compilation of a ton of resources related to visualizing complex networks.

The Rise of the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These workers, many of them unionized, enjoyed relatively secure, stable jobs and a number of company benefits, including health care insurance, vacations and retirement pensions. .

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These factors eventually led to significantly increased management complexities and costs. In the end, the IoT is expected to make the physical world every bit as easy to search, utilize and engage with as the virtual world.

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The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data is now being generated by just about everything and everybody around us, including not only the growing volume of online and offline transactions, but also web searches, social media interactions, billions of smart mobile devices and 10s of billions of IoT smart sensors. .

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Reflections on Bitcoin

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I usually tell people that the development of digital money ecosystems is such a complex undertaking that it’s best, at least for now, to stick to traditional currencies, e.g., $, £, €, ¥,?,

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Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most people think that big data is about what people do online, like posts on Facebook or searches on Google. We have generally been studying complex systems in terms of averages, probability distributions and expected values.

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The Nature of the Firm in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on.

Cloud Computing and the Changing Role of the CIO

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s getting more complex because it’s proliferating. Enterprises then started to consolidate most of these departmental servers into a few large centralized data centers that were easier to manage and secure. Who is ultimately responsible for the security of the data in question?

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Some Early Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

His column looked at the way a number of disparate elements quickly came together to address the very complex problem at hand: identify and find those responsible for the bombing as quickly as possible. Complex Systems Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It will be complex, develop hitherto unforeseen forms, and will have to respond to unforeseen challenges. On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

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Mainframes and Clouds

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IBM is now extending the benefits of its mainframe management architecture, including high efficiency, scalability, security and reliability, to other platforms in the data center, starting with Intel-based Linux systems and Power -based Unix systems. Because they were used to manage the critical resources of the enterprise, security was absolutely essential. Mainframes have been designed and optimized for such complex, data intensive workloads.

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Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Geoffrey West , a physicist formerly at Los Alamos National Lab and now at the Santa Fe Institute , has analyzed the impact of scaling in complex systems including cities. To cope with these problems, cities require a larger police force to control crime, a bigger transportation infrastructure to relieve congestion, and more government services and regulations to manage an increasingly complex city. .

The Power of Pull

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The kinds of changes so well articulated and quantified in The Big Shift have led to a much more complex, integrated and fast changing world. Such a world, - with its large number and variety of components along with their intricate interrelationships, - exhibits all the properties of dynamic, complex systems, including unpredictable, counter-intuitive and emergent behaviors. In this kind of world, access and search have important, but increasingly limited, utility.

Machine and Human Intelligence

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Computer vision is used in a variety of applications, from security systems to digital cameras. Since that time, analyzing or searching large amounts of information has become increasingly important and commonplace in a wide variety of disciplines. Today, most of us use search engines as the primary mechanism for finding information in the World Wide Web. Such smart/intelligence kind of systems hold great promise to help us deal with our increasingly complex world.

Information, Money and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The government offers them all kinds of welfare, but because they lack an identity, they struggle to lay hands on what they have been promised.” “For the poor, having a secure online identity alters their relationship with the modern world. Thus, to be effective, universal digital money has to be accompanied by major innovations to securely identify individuals as they conduct transactions through their mobile devices.

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Extreme Scale Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

By the late 1980s, these complex and expensive technologies ran out of gas. The DOE town halls and workshops have identified the opportunity for exascale computing to revolutionize the way we approach challenges in energy research , environmental sustainability and national security. This will let us search for optimal solutions to many problems in science and engineering, as well as enable us to calculate the probabilities of extreme events.

Digital Common Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The structural deficiencies of existing online systems are spurring the search for better, more practical approaches to governance, law and policymaking in an age of open networks.”. “The ultimate goal is to develop a new network architecture for personal data that will enable new forms of trusted governance, commercial transactions, and social relationships. The ability to evolve and adapt makes it particularly suitable to a fast changing, highly complex society like ours. .

Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) was launched by the White House earlier this year to enable “Individuals and organizations [to] utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation.” Our Web searches and sites visited, including our likes and dislikes and purchase histories.

The US Constitution: A Pantheon of (Sometimes Conflicting) Values

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Constitution has a good share of deliberately open-ended guarantees, like rights to due process of law, equal protection of the law, and freedom from unreasonable searches. But those are not the complex systems problems that baffle us. It is not surprising that Justice Souter’s argument – “constitutional judging is not a mere combination of fair reading and simple facts” – brings to mind the unpredictability of complex systems.

An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The government offers them all kinds of welfare, but because they lack an identity, they struggle to lay hands on what they have been promised.” “For the poor, having a secure online identity alters their relationship with the modern world. Our Web searches and sites visited, including our likes and dislikes and purchase histories. End users benefit from free, personalised consumer experiences such as Internet search, social networking or buying recommendations.” “And

Why Do Firms Exist?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on. A firm will keep expanding and adding people as long as doing so is less expensive than securing the additional services in the marketplace. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

The Data Center in the Cambrian Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, starting around 550 million years ago, and over the following 70 or 80 million years, evolution accelerated by an order of magnitude and ushered what is termed the Cambrian Explosion , - a highly diverse set of larger, more complex life forms. Security is also critical, so few people can get near the actual machines. Tags: Cloud Computing Complex Systems Innovation Technology and Strategy

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The Expertise Strikes Back

Martijn Linssen

Yeah, experts are sometimes the problem, particularly when you’re facing problems of a complex nature; which describes most human social systems. In complex matters, where novelty often is called for, it should be taken with heapings of salt.

Cloud Computing and the Evolution Toward the "Outside-In," Virtual Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of the last century, the vertically integrated firm has been the dominant model for organizing work, especially complex work, as opposed to getting such work done through many independent small companies or self-employed people. Can a company rely on people outside its boundaries to help it find innovative solutions to some of its most complex problems by leveraging the mass collaboration made possible by social networking capabilities?

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On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

“A digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. It has the potential to vastly reduce the cost and complexity of getting things done in the real world.”

Common meaning?

Dave Snowden

Not a continuous series so I will try and remember to link to the most recent past post each time and I’ve also created a new category to make search easier. My feeling is that we crave identity as part of our search for meaning.

Some new ways to look at infrastructure

Doc Searls

Infrastructures shape complex systems of human activity, including economic, cultural, and political systems. Nothing challenges our understanding of infrastructure better than a crisis, and we have a big one now in Houston. We do with every giant storm, of course.

The Big Shift in Influence

John Hagel

  Sure, there are still some who are looking for reassurance and security. We’d want to encourage much more of a mesh network where there’s a rich and complex set of relationships connecting all participants with each other. We’ll be far more successful in extending our influence if we create environments that encourage all participants to connect with each other and provide the mechanisms to facilitate both systematic search and unplanned serendipity.

The Downsides of Freelance Work

Luis Suarez

The ever so much more complex times we live in will bring forward such uncertainty that will pretty much scare your customers away, specially, those with the budget to kick off your projects.