In a paper published in Economics Letters, SFI's Samuel Bowles and Wendy Carlin propose a novel twist on the widely used Gini coefficient—a workhorse statistical measure for gauging the gap between haves and have-nots.
In November of 2019, 14 SFI postdocs withdrew to an isolated research location to accomplish, in just 72 hours, a monumental task — decoding the first complex communication from an alien civilization.
A working group, held November 18-20 at SFI, is beginning to unpack the causes, timescales, and consequences of sleep. In particular, participants are focusing on how sleep time changes across species, and how it changes with age and during adulthood.
An SFI working group meets November 4-5 to explore phase transitions in viruses.
A group of biologists think that a new synthesis in evolutionary theory might help answer the question of how life’s progenitor originally emerged. A working group, meeting November 13-15, brings together evolutionary theorists and experimentalists to explore which evolutionary models might best explain how chemical systems become biological systems.
In The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design, SFI External Professor Michael Kearns and his University of Pennsylvania colleague Aaron Roth offer a set of principled solutions based on the emerging science of socially aware algorithm design.
Melanie Mitchell presented an SFI Community Lecture on artificial intelligence at The Lensic Performing Arts Center on November 12.
On October 18, a group of ten computer scientists, social scientists, and legal scholars from the Santa Fe Institute and The University of New Mexico submitted a formal response to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposal to dramatically revise the Fair Housing Act.
External Professor Allison Stanger’s book Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump is garnering significant media attention.
SFI’s “social reactor” kicked into overdrive this summer, welcoming 163 undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Intensive summer programs form the core of the Institute’s educational programming, bringing future complexity scholars to Santa Fe to train with leading scientists. This year, the Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science and Complexity (GWCSS) celebrated its 25th anniversary with programming for alumni as well as a new cohort of advanced graduate students.
During Earth’s last glacial period, temperatures on the planet periodically spiked dramatically and rapidly. A new paper in the journal Chaos by SFI's Joshua Garland, Liz Bradley, and coauthors suggests that mathematics from information theory could offer a powerful tool for analyzing and understanding them.
Ashley Teufel and Luis Zaman's working group, “The Point of No Return,” seeks to identify the underlying properties driving entrenchment, a phenomenon in which a single event can have a widespread effect on an entire system, and find ways to infer, predict or even control it.
Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans is a solid history of how we got from pocket calculators to facial recognition and self-driving cars, a lucid tour of how these systems operate, and a measured warning against placing more trust in these systems than they deserve.
The Neolithic Agricultural Revolution is one of the most thoroughly-studied episodes in prehistory. But a new paper by Sam Bowles and Jung-Kyoo Choi shows that most explanations for it don’t agree with the evidence, and offers a new interpretation.
Jessica Flack presents an SFI Community Lecture on collective computation at The Lensic Performing Arts Center on October 22.