On Theories, Complexity and Decision Making

In highly complex contexts, or when one runs out of arguments in a debate, it is customary to resort to elaborate conspiratory theories. Theories are constructed based on a set of data points. When many data points are available, one can construct many theories. The problem is that all these theories will agree in the…

Electronic Warfare and Complexity Management

In a modern battle scenario the proliferation of Electronic Warfare devices, electronic emitters and platforms as well as technologies to influence the EM spectrum, produces vast amounts of data. Devices such as jammers, radar jammers, countermeasure dispensing systems, decoys, flare/chaff dispensers, anti-radiation missiles, antennas, IR missile warning systems, laser warning systems, interference mitigation systems, electromagnetic…

Ontonix Software to Fly Onboard Alsat#1 Cubesat

Ontonix will deliver its QCM OntoNet™ software system to perform on-board complexity analysis of mission parameters of the Alsat#1 micro-satellite which will be launched in 2021. The Alsat#1 will be launched by Nanoracks towards the International Space Station. Nanoracks is both the largest commercial user and private investor on the Space Station. ISS astronauts will…

Complexity Maps of Railway Operations

QCM technology allows to make very quick risk and resilience assessments of all sorts of systems of processes. All it takes is data. Data may be sampled over time, space or frequency. Consider, for example, the following monthly data (only a small portion is shown) of failure counts of a railway operation. The data simply…

A Survey of “Complexity Measures”,,,,, Without Measures

We report verbatim a 1998 article A Survey of “Complexity Measures” by David P. Feldman and Jim Crutchfield. A more adequate title for this evasive article would be “A Survey of How Science Avoids to Measure Complexity”. Once you’ve read it, ask yourself this: can I use any of these measures to actually measure the…

The Sovereign Debt Iceberg

The irrational covid-19-induced destruction of our economy has exacerbated the north-south divisions in Europe and sparked debates on issues such as austerity, recovery funds, financial stability and, of course, national debts. But when speaking of national debts, economists consistently ignore, or forget, the issue of implicit debt and focus exclusively on explicit debt. We propose…

Complexity, Drug Toxicity and Drug Design

As the patents on many drugs, which have been launched in the 1990s, will soon expire, the pharmaceutical industry finds itself at a turning point in its evolution, particularly as far as research and development are concerned. As the pipelines of new products are shrinking, the exposure of many companies is increasing. This will surely…