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Imitation and Novelty in Product Development

Here’s an extract from the third article by Ted Lewis and Richard Bergin from this special Human-Human Stigmergy issue. A human stigmergy framework for product development Many investigators over the past century have attempted to quantify human innovation as a property of social organizations such as corporations as well as individual entrepreneurs. Andergassen et al. argue that innovation appears…

How Do Our Social Networks Affect Our Health?

Nicholas Christakis (yes, the very same that had been in the news recently, unfortunately caught in the midst of campus fuckwittery) explains how face-to-face social networks and their structures influence behaviors and phenomena in human society and the natural living world. (H/T to Guy Theraulaz). NPR/TED Video/Audio. collective behaviorcommunicationcontagiondistributed cognitionemergent orderExtended MindgeneticsNetwork ScienceNicholas ChristakisSocial networkSwarm behavior

Who is Big in Computing?

A collaborator, the very excellent Ted Lewis, looks at this question via network theory. More than 70 years into computing, Moore’s Law keeps on doubling performance of the basic engine of the post-industrial information age. Looking back at this incredible progress makes me wonder, “Who has had the biggest influence on computing since electronic digital…

Empowered by mediAm

Drawing upon developments in social epistemology, behavioral economics, social neuroscience, philosophy of mind, philosophy of social science, network science and computational intelligence, this is a practical instantiation of knowledge transmission, liberality and emergent order. Today 95% of all motion picture content is viewed on a small or personal screen and it is being increasingly programmed,…