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CATEGORY: How Should Humanity Steer the Future? Essay Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: How Should Humanity Steer the Future? Randomly. by Martin Sahlen [refresh]
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Author Martin Sahlen wrote on Apr. 24, 2014 @ 18:14 GMT
Essay Abstract

I propose that judicious use of randomness may provide an important basic tool for managing systems in the future.

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Researcher in cosmology.

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Stuart Marongwe wrote on Apr. 26, 2014 @ 16:49 GMT
Dear Martin

Interesting. In other ways you are saying there is order in the apparent chaos. pattern recognition is the key to solving many puzzels including crime.So will you advocate the use of computer algorithyms to solve puzzels? I also discuss data and information processing systems in my essay as being helpful in steering the future of humanity. I invite you to read it and give an opinion.

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Stuart

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Margarita Iudin wrote on Apr. 28, 2014 @ 22:43 GMT
Hello Martin,

I like the shortness of your essay and your vocabulary (information networks, randomness, transition).

I think you may not be all that right; or it might be that you and I mean different things while thinking about randomness.

I suggest you will read my essay. It is about the imagining and analogous imagining, also about how people think. In a case, you have new ideas about development (transitions) of humanity, I am interested to hear from you.

You may look at my entry about imagining the future. I hope my essay will encourage you to learn more about ways of knowing and to apply analogous imagining in your field of interests.

Please disregard any typo mistakes you may encounter.

Warm regards,

Margarita Iudin

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James Dunn wrote on Apr. 30, 2014 @ 11:10 GMT
Hi Martin,

I agree with you. I would add that strategic use of randomness from historical successes can drive local optimizations. While general randomness can help find rogue useful relationships.

Controlling "Hunting" is commonly used in control systems to push slightly out of hysteresis so that active control can find potentially better set-points without making large system changes.

The natural oscillations of a system introduces a type of randomness so the controller does not get stuck in a local minima/maxima.

This is partly the function of FQXi as I see it. They fund research that would otherwise not get funding due to the non-mainstream subject matter. FQXi is detecting natural system oscillations and injecting energy in the form of funding to create slightly exaggerated hunting. The increased exposure of non-mainstream research provides a pushing of what is considered mainstream to some new set-point. Incrementally small, but hopefully in a more optimal direction.

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Joe Fisher wrote on May. 2, 2014 @ 15:41 GMT
Dear Mr. Sahlen,

Your abstractions filled essay was brief and to the point. I hope you do not mind my brief comment.

Reality is unique, once. Unique is not random. Unique cannot be organized.

Regards,

Joe Fisher

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Peter Jackson wrote on May. 6, 2014 @ 12:50 GMT
Martin,

It's a shame the essay was so short. I agree that randomness is a far more important phenomena than we've realises, and that different gauge 'components are entirely unaware of others (including us to a great extent).

I believe I show the power of randomness in my essay, describable as 'entanglement' in a classical derivation of QM.

Well written, short but very 'sweet'.

Best wishes

Peter

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Luca Valeri wrote on May. 25, 2014 @ 05:26 GMT
Martin,

inputting randomness to slow change is a really novel idea. Earns some more points that you got.

Luca

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