Personalising systems, chaos and complexity
Saturday, 12 March, 2011 Leave a comment
The Automatic Earth is a blog that, unlike others that tend to deal with financial or socio-economic issues, tell it how it is. DO YOUR FAMILY A FAVOUR and watch the video.
Below I have included an extract from one of their (consistently excellent) blog items that, I hope, will give you some flavour of just why I keep referring to systems and why understanding the basics of “Chaos Theory” and complexity are so important in everything that we are and do.
Perhaps what we need as a society is a better understanding of “efficiency”, since it is such a key aspect of all complex systems. Take the human body, for example, which is perhaps the most complex life form that has evolved on Earth. After increasing specialization and inter-connection of various bodily components through millions of years of evolution, the systems of the human body have become extremely efficient at their specific functions. The arteries, veins and capillaries of the cardiovascular system have evolved an intricate fractal design that competently delivers oxygen and nutrients to all of the body’s cells as necessary.
What’s important to understand is that every systemic component of the body has a specific function that serves to keep the body alive, growing and relatively stable over periods of time. These functions take place without any regard to concepts of fairness or equality. If my individual skin cells had an emergent sense of self-aware conscience (like me), then they would probably be very upset with my brain cells, which are much fewer in number and receive a disproportionate share of my resource intake (the brain receives 20% of the body’s blood). In fact, the comfortable brain cells typically remain alive for a person’s entire lifetime, while the average skin cell lasts for about a couple of weeks before it dies off and is replaced.
This systems theoretical framework of understanding applies just as well to our global economic, social, cultural and political structures. These evolved systems are amazingly efficient at keeping the overarching human civilization “alive”, growing and relatively stable. Consistent material growth is achieved by exploiting limited resources and concentrating such resources in centralized structures through various mechanisms of action. Just as a biological species must eventually adapt to its surroundings or go extinct, human socioeconomic systems that are inefficient at promoting consistent growth/concentration will be marginalized, modified or replaced…
The full article is here.
We, at Ontonix, can add some unique information to this piece. Our technology is already being deployed, to the benefit of both human and a variety of socio-economic systems. As a result of our ground-breaking work we are able to provide some Complexity Facts that are common to complex (adaptive) systems.
Here is more insight into the subject from a source that, to many, may be a bit surprising…a Director of Bank of England. Follow the link for the full article published (in Feb ‘11) ft.com
…In complex systems, diversity matters more than diversification. For example, genetic diversity improves disease resistance. Diversification and diversity might be thought to pull in the same direction. But in finance, they are often engaged in a tug-of-war.
In the run-up to financial crisis, the pursuit of diversification saw banks move into the same business lines at around the same time. Correlations among banks’ equity prices converged on one. Diversification by individual banks generated a lack of diversity for the system as a whole. That lack of diversity in turn generated system-wide fragility and, ultimately, collapse…
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