Unifying Principles in Complex Systems

Yaneer Bar-Yam, New England Complex Systems Institute

The ability of science and technology to augment human performance depends on an understanding of systems, not just components. The convergence of technologies is an essential aspect of the effort to enable functioning systems that include human beings and technology, serving the human beings to enhance their well-being directly and indirectly through what they do and what they do for other human beings. The recognition today that human beings function in teams rather than as individuals implies that technological efforts are essential that integrate human beings across scales of tools, communication, and biological and cognitive function.

Understanding the role of complex systems concepts in technology integration requires a perspective on how the concept of complexity is affecting science, engineering, and finally, technology integration.

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