Visionary Projects Socio TechThe Predictive Science of Societal Behavior

Gerold Yonas, Sandia National Laboratories,1 and Jessica Glicken Turnley, Galisteo Consulting Group, Inc.

Socio-tech is the predictive — not descriptive — science of the behavior of societies. It is the convergence of information from the life sciences, the behavioral sciences (including psychology and the study of cognition), and the social sciences. Its data gathering and analysis approaches come from these fields and are significantly augmented by new tools from fields such as nanotechnology, engineering, and the information sciences. Agent-based simulations, models incorporating genetic algorithms, evolutionary computing techniques, and brain-machine interfaces provide new ways to gather data and to analyze the results.

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