Today I took sometime off to read a classical paper from Weaver: Science and Complexity. The paper was published in 1948, many years before computers were first available at Universities, then on every desk and finally in every pocket. It was also published before DNA was discovered and then sequenced.
The two weeks I spent in Capocaccia were worth the trip. The Cognitive Neuromorphic Engineering workshop, organized by the University of Zurich, is an interesting mix of engineering, science, math and biology. I was there four years ago, when the main topic was the design of the Neuromorphic chips that
More than one type of re-balancing needed. One of the recurring themes of the current economic crisis is the idea of re-balancing the global economy. But where are the imbalances? Most would think about the West vs. East, or developed vs. developing countries. It is certainly true that those imbalances
I spent the Christmas Holidays in Naples with my parents. A few days after the traditional family meetings were over, I organized a lunch with friends (and friends of friends) with backgrounds in Engineering, Computer Science and Complex Systems. Some of them are teaching in Italy and the US, others
Back in 1994, Sir James Goldsmith had a clear vision of the implications of globalization on advanced economies. Now, 16 years later, his predictions have been confirmed: the middle class in the advanced economies has seen a constant lowering of its living standards, and without change in direction, it will
I am attending the First Workshop on Scientific Knowledge Creation, Dissemination and Evaluation. The discussion is about the evolution of the scientific paper in the 21st century. There is a pretty diverse group of people attending, from accademia (computer scientists, philosophers, etc), from the industry (mainly scientific publishers), from the