All posts tagged complex systems

Steve Jurvetson echoes MY sentiments of yesterday: Nanotech will learn from nature and provide us with incredible new technologies

Similar to my post yesterday on swarming algorithms, Steve Jurvetson, head of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, also believes in the wealth of knowledge that we have yet to tap simply by exploring nature’s many inventions. Nice to see he agrees with me!! I’m kidding of course. The area of bio-mimetics has been discussed for quite some […] Read More⇒

Bio-Mimetics: Australian military is using modified insect swarming algorithms to drive their new field robots

I am always fascinated by the cross-over from biology into electronics, hardware, software, and architecture. Nature has given us a nearly unlimited set of patterns and structures that are resilient, clever, fast, light, and adaptable. It is up to us to find them and learn from them. For example, Australian Defence scientists are studying the […] Read More⇒

Timing is everything: Will Bioproducts (biomaterials, biochemicals, and biofuels) finally get their own association in British Columbia?

Everything old is new again. It’s all about timing.  These are only two of a few choice phrases that may describe something that is afoot here in British Columbia. Some major global, national, and provincial forces are in play that are driving the development of a new (to us) association that may be created in […] Read More⇒

Macro-structural evolution and continuity despite micro-structural decay, dissolution, and death. How do brains, bodies, ant farms, or civilizations persist when small parts of them die every day/hour/minute?

This article on the Science & Consciousness review discusses the fact that brains appear to be persistent and consistent but their actual physical molecules are recycling in days, hours, and minutes. This makes me think of Steven Johnson’s excellent book Emergence: The Connected Lives Of Ants Brains Cities And Software wherein he discusses the life […] Read More⇒