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Exploring Artificial Intelligence with Melanie Mitchell

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Exploring Artificial Intelligence with Melanie Mitchell

We are currently in a podcast series on the complexity of artificial intelligence and we recently shared our interview with AI researcher, leading Complex Systems Scientist, Professor of Computer Science at Portland State University, and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Melanie Mitchell.

Mitchell’s background originally stems from Mathematics and Physics. She became curious about how intelligence emerges from a complex system after reading Douglas Hofstadter’s book, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. Hofstadter later became her Phd advisor after she sought him out at the University of Michigan. Mitchell attributes her professional journey to his guidance, as well as, Professor John Holland, who was a pioneer in the field of genetic algorithms. Holland was also an early founder of the Santa Fe Institute and encouraged Mitchell’s involvement with the Institute.

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How to Be Your Own Resume - Isaac Morehouse of Praxis

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How to Be Your Own Resume - Isaac Morehouse of Praxis

Some people believe in a linear career path. Others stop waiting for permission to create and make their own path. Entrepreneurial thinkers understand that they are part of a network, not a link in a chain. So why should we treat higher education like a conveyer belt? Decreasing transaction costs in education + rapid technological advances are making it possible to experiment with being a renaissance man or woman AND land an incredible job.

In this episode we interview Isaac Morehouse, founder of Praxis, writer, and podcaster who's obsessed with human freedom, education, and entrepreneurship.... 

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Data is Not the End of the Story

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Data is Not the End of the Story

We systems thinkers... Why do we want so badly to understand? Maybe we want to know the relationship of everything to everything else. Of self to All-That-Is. Maybe we want food on the table and world peace. Either way: complexity is the network of networks. A very BIG idea that we now have better tools to explore. Where is home for this Big Idea? What are its most massive and minute manifestations

Data is not the end of the story. There is more.... 

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Forget Permanence, Seek Resilience

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Forget Permanence, Seek Resilience

Alan Watts said, “The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.” 

But does permanence dictate that a thing be unchanging in essence? Matter persists through different states, and in its mutability and diversity it defies oblivion. Death destroys a star and creates a galaxy. Permanence does not mean without change. Change is a force of nature that creates diversity through interrelationship. Without diversity, a system destroys itself and new forms fill its space.

While human beings may disagree on the efficacy of pursuing permanence, resilience is another matter--or at least, another state.... 

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The Certainty Merchants

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The Certainty Merchants

Climate change, inequality, the rising cost of college tuition... all complex problems, but not complicated. Out of touch with the rhythms and interdependencies of our natural environment, we look to statistics and experts to help us make major decisions. Are we missing something?

In Part 2 of our interview with Diego Espinosa, we learn about how our addiction to certainty over the last three decades....

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When is Too Much Order a Bad Thing?

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When is Too Much Order a Bad Thing?

How much can stock can we put in certainty? What causes financial panics? Most people blame politics, bad statistics or greed. Turns out it's more complex than that--but not all that complicated...

 

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Man, Market, Movement: Why the Universe Hates Stagnation

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Man, Market, Movement: Why the Universe Hates Stagnation

The universe abhors too much sameness. When you sense that parts of you or your efforts are stagnant, or, not synthesizing new experiences into your character or your work, do you notice those subtle feelings of self-loathing? It happens the same way in any network: a culture, a household, a team, a country. Individuals turn against their own identity structures. Cancers form. Relationships become a battle of projections. Societies polarize. Either way the eventual result is change. 

Proximity creates pressure. So when the pathways of a network are limited, pressure builds up and diversity, essential for a complex system's survival, disappears. Movement is limited. Tension increases....

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Using Systems Thinking to Resolve Conflict

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Using Systems Thinking to Resolve Conflict

In this episode we talk with conflict resolution expert Jason Dykstra about the complexity of conflict: why we're afraid of change, how to shift from a mindset of scarcity to abundance, and how understanding complexity in relationships can help us evolve ourselves and our world.

Jason Dykstra is a conflict resolution specialist, international speaker, husband, and father of two. He works with organizations and churches in Canada and the USA assisting them through sticky situations and improving company culture.... 

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