Beyond Resilience. A U-turn?

Comment to our previous blog: Ontonix is launching a huge change and I love changes. Things that do not change scare me, because they look too much like death. However, for years we have been looking for resilience, we have been defining resilience, we have been measuring resilience, we have been preaching resilience. Are we…

Beyond Resilience

Resilience is a fancy, fashionable à la mode word. Being able to withstand the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune is something everyone wants. The ability to recover quickly, to spring back into the original shape is certainly desireable in any field. Nature builds resilient things. Engineers are sometimes able to create resilient designs. This…

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…

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…

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-based Control of Dynamic Systems

Complexity-based control is possible because complexity can be measured in real-time using specifically developed hardware. The concept is illustrated below, whereby a QCM block is used to drive the complexity of a given system to desired levels. Because high complexity can lead to instability and fragility, the goal of QCM control is to drive complexity…

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…

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…

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…