Entropy, Structure and Critical Complexity

If you want to accomplish more you must become more complex. This means two things: structure and entropy. Structure is what defines functionality, entropy is what allows a system to react in a creative and novel way to a changing and possibly harsh environment


M.A.D.: The $600 Trillion Time Bomb – Money Morning

My learned colleagues, at Ontonix, recently undertook the task of analysing over 600 macro-economic  parameters from the World Bank for the period from 1970 to 2010 and posed the question: “how much globalisation can the World afford”?

This may seem to be a curious course for a firm whose Founder and CTO is quick to quote Zadeh’s Principle of Incompatibility but should be viewed in the context of a genuine desire to “educate and inform”…and, of course, to showcase Ontonix capabilities!

Read on because “high precision” may not be required. A rough idea of the numbers and the implications should suffice! Read more of this post

The new model leaders – FT.com

I have previously referred to the danger of “micro managing macro issues” and the impact of the, morally corrupt, culture of “Irresponsible Capitalism” upon fragile structures from the Industrial era…but I don’t have the same gravitas as the Founder of the World Economic Forum, so am unsurprised when people question my conclusions! Read more of this post

Complexity: size doesn’t always matter

Complexity is a measure of the total amount of structured information (which is measured in bits) that is contained within a system and reflects many of its fundamental properties, such as:

  • Potential –  the ability to evolve, survive
  • Functionality – the set of distinct functions the system is able to perform
  • Robustness – the ability to function correctly in the presence of endogenous/exogenous uncertainties

In biology, the above can be combined in one single property known as fitness. Read more of this post

Inviting meltdown: Preserving the Status Quo with Artifice and Lies Leads to Systemic Collapse

These few words refer to the “economic domain” and, in particular, the sad state of the Euro. However, what I wanted to highlight (perhaps reiterate would be a better word) is the universality of complex systems. Hence the ability for us to learn lessons in economics from biology, politics from forestry management, etc.

But these are lessons that each and every business owner or wannabe business “leader” would do well to understand and apply NOW and NEVER FORGET! This isn’t new news or new wisdom and if you don’t believe me, contemplate this, from a few centuries ago:

“…in its beginning it is easy to cure, but hard to recognise; whereas, after a time, not having been detected and treated at the first, it becomes easy to recognise but impossible to cure”

– Niccolo Machiavelli

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