Simplifying a Business is … Like Alchemy

Trying to simplify a business without being able to measure its complexity (simplicity) is like a doctor who proposes a weight loss diet but has no means of measuring the weight of his patients. If one has no complexity metric then we’re talking of subjective opinions, sensations, feelings, certainly not science. The silly images such…

Complexity of Car Electronics: Testing and Reliability

In an interesting article entitled Reliability Paradox for Worldwide Automotive Electronics and published in: 2017 Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), one may read: “Automotive Electronics is growing ever since the technological advancement has brought about a revolution in the Automotive Semiconductor and Telematics industry, especially in the past decade. Utilization of microelectronics and hence circuits’…

Which 21-st Century Technology is the Most Dangerous?

Which technology is the most dangerous? Which technology is most feared? Is it Artificial Intelligence? Is it nanotechnology? Genetic manipulation? Nuclear energy? Maybe superconductivity? Or robotics? No, it is none of these. The most dangerous technology of the 21-st century is indubitably QCM – Quantitative Complexity Management. The QCM has been established in the early…

How To Save Democracy From Itself

Prologue from “Governing a Liquid Society – How to Save Democracy From Itself”   In the past the Earth was populated by numerous civilizations. The Greeks, the Incas, or the Romans are just a few egregious examples. Because the temporal and spatial correlation between those civilizations was often non-existent, or very limited, if one happened…

Complexity and Revisiting Anomaly Detection

Wikipedia: “In data mining, anomaly detection (also outlier detection) is the identification of rare items, events or observations which raise suspicions by differing significantly from the majority of the data. Typically the anomalous items will translate to some kind of problem such as bank fraud, a structural defect, medical problems or errors in a text.…

On the Extraordinary Importance of Complexity

Of all physical quantities, energy is probably the most important. Energy expresses the capacity of a body or a system to perform work. Nature works by using energy to transform matter. This is done via processes (physical, chemical, etc.). However, in order to realize these processes it is necessary to have information. Energy on its…

Ryanair, a Fragile Complex Giant.

The laws of systemantics are said to be pseudo-science. Fair enough. A few of these laws are listed below. They apply to highly complex systems. Think of these laws and then think of the EU, the Euro or, most recently, Ryanair.   Le Chatelier’s Principle: Complex systems tend to oppose their own proper function. As systems grow…

Stop Pretending that an Economy Can Be Controlled

We reproduce verbatim a very interesting article by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General. All our blogs are original, with very minor exceptions. This is one of those exceptions. An exceptional article: “The recent financial crisis exposed some serious flaws in our economic thinking. It has highlighted the need to look at economic policy with more critical,…