Instead of the typical bell-shaped curve, the fossil record shows a fat-tailed distribution, with extreme, outlier, events occurring with higher-than-expected probability. Using the same mathematical tools that describe stock market crashes, SFI researchers explain the evolutionary dynamics behind this universal pattern in the fossil record and uncover "a new normal."
In his new book Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us About Creativity, SFI External Professor Andreas Wagner compares the tools of biological evolution with those of human innovation to make sense of the creative process that is happening in our minds all the time.
This summer marks the 25th anniversary of SFI’s Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science and Complexity. To learn what makes this annual event so special — and how it has evolved over a quarter century and more than 275 participants — we sat down with co-directors and founders John Miller and Scott Page.
A special themed issue of the journal Entropy gathers together "new developments and original applications of generalized statistical mechanics to complex systems of various natures.”
Borne out of a transdisciplinary Santa Fe Institute working group, Law as Data, edited by Michael Livermore and Dan Rockmore, explores the new field of computational legal analysis — the study of the law that uses legal texts as data.
How do you get an artificial intelligence to become more trustworthy? You teach it to think like a baby. The question and answer might read like a joke. Yet, as SFI Professor Melanie Mitchell explains in an essay for Aeon, teaching AI systems to think more like babies is one of the strategies that scientists are starting to deploy to create better AI.
From there to here: 2019 InterPlanetary Festival connects frontiers of space to terrestrial challenges
The second annual InterPlanetary Festival lands June 14-16, 2019 in Santa Fe’s Railyard Park.
A May working group brings critics of urban scaling theory to engage in respectful dialogue with SFI scientists in the Social Reactors project.
Agent-based modeling has been used to study everything from economics to biology to political science to business and management. This July, programmers and non-programmers alike can learn to model by enrolling in Introduction to Agent-based Modeling, an online course offered through SFI's Complexity Explorer.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 physicist Jean Carlson discussed the interplay between biological aging, adaptation, and the arrow of time.
In 2018, SFI Miller Scholar Laurence Gonzales won the Eric Hoffer Book Award and Montaigne Medal for his bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. He won another Eric Hoffer award in 2019 in the Legacy Nonfiction category for Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival.
This June, Complexity Explorer offers its first course based on unsettled research into the "Origins of Life."