Cellular Automata in Google Sheets

I’ve been exploring binary with Year 8s and thought they might like to have a look at the weird world of Cellular Automata.

There are lots of resources out there but I couldn’t find one that helped them create their own easily.…

Where’s the bottom-up brilliance?

… Having it coming from a true believer like Rushkoff I find myself thinking on it with added attention. He suggests that open source efforts are hamstrung by the act of replication that is at the heart of its activity. The best open source efforts essentially copy existing artifacts (so Linux mimics Unix, Wikipedia does Britannica, Firefox carries on the paradigm of the web browser).

Where’s the bottom-up brilliance?

… Having it coming from a true believer like Rushkoff I find myself thinking on it with added attention. He suggests that open source efforts are hamstrung by the act of replication that is at the heart of its activity. The best open source efforts essentially copy existing artifacts (so Linux mimics Unix, Wikipedia does Britannica, Firefox carries on the paradigm of the web browser).

The Road to Serfdom

Following up on the Orwell quote in the last post, here’s a 5 minute video of Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom” based on the 1950’s cartoons Look magazine developed and General Motors championed. [Thanks zubadubop for this]

Wikipedia, as ever, has a nice starter point:

“Hayek’s central thesis is that all forms of collectivism lead logically and inevitably to tyranny, and he used the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany as examples of countries which, in his view, had gone down the “the road to serfdom” and reached tyranny.

Signs of the times

I love this! A recent article from Wired called Roads Gone Wild talks about a Dutch gent called Monderman. Worth reading the article in full but some selected quotes:

“The trouble with traffic engineers is that when there’s a problem with a road, they always try to add something,” Monderman says.

Stupid question #15324

Going to wear my ignorance on my sleeve here, so answers on a postcard would be great…

15324. What’s the correlation between complexity theory and size of network? i.e. does emergence etc apply to groups of 12, 50, 150 etc?

Just to set the record straight …

Emergence is not necessarily “a good thing”
(see rashes, South Sea Bubble, Neo-Nazis … )

Evolution does not necessarily favour the “best solutions”
(see Betamax, President Bush … )

The One, The Many and The Fractal

Seems everybody’s talking about emergence, bottom up behaviour. Which is fine (though personally “bottom up” still reminds me of a something you say in the pub).

There’s also quite a lot of chatter about Personal Knowledge Management vs Collective Knowlege Management.…

Networks, Complexity & Emergence

“[In the late 1000s, Taoists and Neo-Confucianists] taught that all was in flux but that everything structured itself according to inner principles that governed it. Now we’d call those laws. They said principle is one, but its manifestations are many. In other words, things in this world emerge from elements that structure themselves.