In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dan Rockmore and David Krakauer propose a “Terminator test” to gauge not whether an intelligence is a convincing likeness of a human’s, but whether it replaces or surpasses a human’s.
John Holland, a pioneer in the study of complex adaptive systems and the leading figure in what became known as genetic algorithms, passed away Sunday morning, August 9, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts provides perspective on the science of creativity, basing many of its findings on an SFI working group held in July 2014.
In a FiveThirtyEight article, SFI Journalism Fellow Christie Aschwanden draws creative inspiration from the blind evolution of digital images.
A paper by Omidyar Fellow James O'Dwyer reveals microbial family trees with distinct evolutionary patterns.
SFI Omidyar Fellow Andrew Berdahl and his colleagues need help mapping wildebeest migration. Can you spare a few minutes to interpret their movements in images from an array of camera traps in the Serengeti?
A research project led by SFI External Professor Paula Sabloff is, for the first time, applying the concepts of status and role to archaeology as a way to compare and contrast early societies.
SFI External Professors Jim Crutchfield and Raissa D’Souza are coordinating a working group at SFI this week that is considering the special problems of interconnected networks – in other words, networks of networks.
SFI External Professors Jim Crutchfield and Raissa D’Souza are coordinating a working group at SFI this week to explore information processing on the nanoscale using recent innovations in nonequilibrium thermodynamics.
SFI Omidyar Fellow alum Charles Perreault seeks the origins of the "vast and unmatched" behavioral variation exhibited by the human species in a new paper appearing in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
In podcast interview on the Santa Fe Radio Café, SFI Sabbatical Visitor Ken Stanley discusses the role of serendipity in making great discoveries and the dangers of constraint by objective.
SFI President Jerry Sabloff is among the expert authors of a new report from the National Research Council, "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science," that assesses the state of collaborative, multidisciplinary scientific research.
Experts have gathered at SFI this week to explore whether human languages, passed culturally from generation to generation, and genes should be studied as a co-evolutionary process -- and how scientists might begin to do that.
In an article for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, SFI’s Luís Bettencourt and Christa Brelsford take a complex systems perspective on the problem of sustainable development, describing differing scientific approaches to its exploration.
Computer scientists have barely scratched the surface of what higher math might offer their field, so two SFI scientists are hosting a meeting of experts this week to dig a little deeper.
Research by SFI Professor Sid Redner and fellow physicist Baruch Meerson suggests that nature might be relying on large numbers of sperm to solve the "search problem" of fertilization.