Failed Doomsday, eco-pocalyptic predictions and Extreme Problems

Extreme Problems are very large-scale multi-disciplinary problems, involving thousands or millions of variables and which cannot be solved using conventional technology. In such situations, it is impossible to determine the cause of the problem not only because of its sheer size but, most importantly, because it is frequently perceived through conventional eyes and distorted by…

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…

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…

Is a Global Post-Critical Society Possible?

  Every dynamical system possesses a characteristic value of complexity which reflects how information is organized and how it flows within its structure. Like most things in life, complexity is limited. In fact, there is an upper bound on complexity that a given system may attain and sustain with a given structure. This ‘physiological’ limit…

Will Global Trade Recover Anytime Soon?

In a 2015 United Nations Trade and Development Conference  report  “Trade Slowdown” one reads: ‘As of 2014 the trends in international trade were largely driven by the sluggish economic growth and the persisting economic and political turmoil in various part of the world. From 2011 to 2014 world trade grew at a rate of less…

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”.…

What Makes Data Big?

‘Big Data’ is a popular subject nowadays. Here is what Wikipedia says on the subject: “Big data is a term for data sets that are so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. Challenges include analysis, capture, data curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualization, querying, updating and information privacy.” and “Big data…