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…

Increasing Cybersecurity. Locally.

A recent blog by CISCO speaks of how QCM – Quantitative Complexity Management – is used in anomaly detection in highly complex systems and contexts. In particular, it speaks of QCM as being able to detect the existence of an anomaly without having seen it before. Such capability goes beyond Machine Learning in that QCM…

QCM – What it is NOT

Quantitative Complexity Management (QCM) technology has been around since 2005. It is a very unusual piece of technology and offers a radically innovative approach to dealing with data, anomalies and risk. As it happens with innovative technologies, they are often years ahead of mainstream thought, sometimes even ahead of predominant and accepted philosophies. And herein…

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…

Is it Progress if a Cannibal Uses Knife and Fork?

The North American XB-70 Valkyrie was a (beautiful!) tri-sonic bomber developed in the early sixties. It was, even by today’s standards, an exceptionally sophisticated and advanced machine. What strikes is the short time it took to develop and build – we intentionally omit the information here since, by today’s standards it would make many people…

DB Closing Branches. We Said It.

It is known that Deutsche Bank is in trouble and, according to some, it poses a huge threat to the stability of the global financial system. Read here. On October 29-th, 2015, “The Bank announced a series of measures to reduce complexity and costs” and that the strategic goal was to “Make Deutsche Bank simpler and more efficient”.…

Brexit: the Most Likely Future Scenario

The laws of systemantics apply to highly complex systems and situations. As you read these laws think of the EU and of the recently celebrated Brexit.   Le Chatelier’s Principle: Complex systems tend to oppose their own proper function. As systems grow in complexity, they tend to oppose their stated function. A complex system cannot be…