The Hidden Fragility of Complex Systems—Consequences of Change, Changing Consequences
James P. Crutchfield
Complexity Sciences Center and Physics Department
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Short-term survival and an exuberant plunge into building our future are
generating a new kind of unintended consequence—hidden fragility.
This is a direct effect of the sophistication and structural complexity of the
socio-technical systems human's create. It is inevitable. And so the challenge
is, How much can we understand and predict about these systems and about the
social dynamics that lead to their construction?
J. P. Crutchfield,
"The Hidden Fragility of Complex Systems—Consequences of Change, Changing Consequences",
in Cultures of Change: Social Atoms and Electronic Lives, G. Ascione, C. Massip, and J. Perello, editors, ACTAR D Publishers, Barcelona, Spain (2009) 98-111.
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