El día 15-9 en la Fundación Telefónica ( Gran Vía 28, Madrid) habrá una conferencia de Albert László Barabási sobre REDES Y PROPIEDADES EMERGENTES . Sí no saben quién es Barabási, pueden googlearlo y se enteran.
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Choice the name of Everett Rogers…is virtually synonymous with the study of the diffusion of innovations….His coverage is comprehensive, ranging from the elements of diffusion and the history of diffusion research to generators of innovation, change agents, and the consequences of innovations. Among the many features that make this an exemplary interdisciplinary effort are Rogers’s clear, literate style and his ability to stay in touch with social realities. He sets a high standard for social theorists.
This looks at network dynamics. The objective is to understand the common themes that different networks have both in the physical and social world. Some of the big hitters like Duncan Watts and Barabasi are featured here. Popular ideas like six degrees of separation is also investigated (part 1)
Las otras partes pueden buscarlas en youtube con la etiqueta “A documentary on networks, social and otherwise”.
Michael Agar – We Have Met the Other and We’re All Nonlinear: Ethnography as a Nonlinear Dynamic System
Michael Agar – Bio
Michael Agar received his undergraduate degree from Stanford and his Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology from the Language-Behavior Research Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. An honorary Woodrow Wilson Fellow, NIH Career Award recipient, and currently Fulbright Senior Specialist, he is professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park, with adjunct appointments in Speech Communication and Comparative Literature, as well as an associate at Antropokaos at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. He was recently appointed Distinguished Scholar at the International Institute of Qualitative Methods at the University of Alberta. Visit: www.ethknoworks.com
Duncan J. Watts, uno de los principales arquitectos de la teoría de las redes, explica en la presente obra la innovadora investigación que él y otros científicos están realizando para entender el funcionamiento de las redes que conectan nuestro planeta.
«Escrito por uno de los jóvenes científicos de primera línea mundial, este libro sabe despertar el entusiasmo del lector. Las ideas de Watts acerca de las interconexiones que nos unen unos a otros, desde los enlaces en Internet hasta los principales centros intermodales de transporte y el mundo de las finanzas, pasando por las redes de relaciones sexuales por donde se transmite la pandemia del SIDA en todo el mundo, ofrecen un marco de referencia nuevo y dinámico para comprender nuestra sociedad global y sus cambios. Watts explica por qué estamos tan estrechamente conectados en nuestros -mundos pequeños- y, a su vez, conecta al lector con los principales pensadores de hoy en día sobre el nuevo y apasionante campo de la teoría de las redes.»
Timothy A. Kohler & George J. Gumerman: Dynamics in Human and Primate Societies: Agent-Based Modeling of Social and Spatial Processes
Dynamics in Human and Primate Societies: Agent-Based Modeling of Social and Spatial Processes is a book of articles edited by Timothy Kohler and George Gumerman. Drawing upon complex adaptive systems (CAS) theory, and focusing upon primate and simple human societies, these diverse and insightful studies expand the horizon of agent simulation research.
Attempts to distinguish scholarly periods can be imprecise and arbitrary, yet they can also help identify and characterise progress in a field of study. This collection represents a significant contribution to the agent simulation research program and, in fact, might be regarded as an exemplar of a third stage of agent simulation studies.
The early work of Schelling, Maynard Smithand Axelrod provided a first wave of exemplars demonstrating the potential of a new approach to social simulation research. A new generation of agent simulation research, including Epstein and Axtell , Axelrod and Young , provided a second wave of exemplars. They respectively illustrate, inter alia:
- how agent simulation can be applied to an interactive variety of social processes
- the range of social topics that can be addressed using simulation based on simple agents
- the emergence of social institutions and structure from agent strategies
From the standpoint of standard periodisation, it seems premature to identify a new stage in agent simulation research. However, considering the substantive contributions made by these studies, a new level of sophistication is introduced into agent modelling. In particular, a number of chapters in this collection serve as exemplars in the area of empirically grounded agent simulation, investigations that stand in visible contrast to the study of abstract social processes.
Growing Artificial Societies is a groundbreaking book that posits a new mechanism for studying populations and their evolution. By combining the disciplines of cellular automata and “artificial life”, Joshua M. Epstein and Robert Axtell have developed a mechanism for simulating all sorts of emergent behavior within a grid of cells managed by a computer. In their simulations, simple rules governing individuals’ “genetics”” and their competition for foodstuffs result in highly complex societal behaviors. Epstein and Axtell explore the role of seasonal migrations, pollution, sexual reproduction, combat, and transmission of disease or even “culture” within their artificial world, using these results to draw fascinating parallels with real- world societies. In their simulation, for instance, allowing the members to “trade” increases overall well-being but also increases economic inequality. In Growing Artificial Societies, the authors provide a workable framework for studying social processes in microcosm, a thoroughly fascinating accomplishment.