This was Berlin 2017! - CSH

This was Berlin 2017!


Nov 21, 2017

“Complexity Science for Urban Challenges”

 

The first session of the CSH-AIT Workshop in Berlin

 

On 7th of November the Austrian Institute of Technology AIT together with the Complexity Science Hub Vienna invited to a workshop within the framework of the Berlin Science Week 2017. The event should explore possible research fields for complexity science to tackle fundamental urban challenges.

 

Some possible questions were raised already beforehand in an article published in a Berlin Science Week Special of the Berlin daily “Der Tagesspiegel” (published as E-paper).

 

The article can be read here [in German language].

 

After opening remarks from Sabine Amirdschanjan (EC Representation in Berlin) and Wolfgang Knoll (Scientific Managing Director of AIT), moderator Nikolas Neubert from AIT introduced to the first panel with Stefan Thurner, Luís Bettencourt, Elke Pahl-Weber and Dirk Helbing.

(c) Philipp Marxgut
First panel of the AIT-CSH Workshop "Complexity Science for Urban Challenges" in Berlin, 7th of November, 2017. From left to right: Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich), Stefan Thurner (Complexity Science Hub Vienna), Elke Pahl-Weber (Technical University of Berlin), Luís Bettencourt (Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, Chicago). Photo: Philipp Marxgut

Stefan Thurner: “Why aren’t we much smarter?”

 

Stefan questioned if we really live in a Big Data world: Despite an annual data increase of about 23 percent and a yearly increase of computing power by 58 percent, humans don’t seem to be a lot smarter today, he said: “We still cannot predict banking crashes, the exact trajectory of a hurricane or the effects of climate change. We don’t even know the population growth until 2030.”

 

The reason is simple – or let’s rather say: complex, as “all these are complex systems. And complex systems are very hard to understand.” The aim of institutions like the Complexity Science Hub Vienna is to develop an understanding for these systems. Complexity research could then for instance help “to reduce inefficiencies in cities, to make them more sustainable, more resilient and freer for all of us.”

 

 

Luís Bettencourt: “Fundamental challenges not problems of technology”

 

The second speaker, Luís M. A. Bettencourt, came all the way from Chicago where he is Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago – an institution that was recently set up with the help of a large donation.

 

Luís sees cities as places of constant transformation. Until recently the millions of on-goings in such places could not be understood. But today, with the help of data and complexity science, “we are coming up with new ways to understand them”. Thanks to Big Data Luís sees the next 20 years as a golden age for social complexity sciences.

 

Many challenges–as defined for instance in the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development–, have to be solved quickly, he pointed out, and the transformative power of cities makes them the perfect place for solutions. But the speaker also raised doubts that making cities “smart” by top down city planning is the best way to do it. “We should put more thoughts in what life is about–the basic things” instead of solely sticking to technological solutions.

 

 

Elke Pahl-Weber: “Holistic questions for people centered solutions”

 

First get to know the true need of people, is also what Elke Pahl-Weber from Berlin Technical University demanded. “We rarely take a holistic perspective on urban development”, is her critique of mainstream city planning with its stand-alone solutions. One example: the replacement of gasoline-driven cars by electric vehicles. “That’s not a solution for the underlying problem: The true need of people is mobility, not what car to buy.”

 

Elke called our totally unsustainable lifestyle as one of the most pressing problems, especially in urban areas. Be it transportation or mobility, rising consumption of resources and energy or infrastructure development–modern city life rarely reaches one, let alone all of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

 

Elke misses integrated strategies: “We are ignorant about how to deal with the enormous increase in housing costs; in what ways Industry 4.0 will change city life; how to provide data network security; how to meet the problems arising from demographic change, and so on.” Her conclusion: “Please come to problem definitions first: What is needed? What would be nice to have? And then find a solution that is people centered.”

 

 

Dirk Helbing: “We have to empower people!”

 

Complexity researcher Dirk Helbing does not believe in top down solutions either: “We think too much in terms of automatization and technology”, said the sociologist from ETH Zurich, “but these solutions are a nightmare!”

 

The main problem of “smart” solutions: Cities are complex systems. “We might have the best data ever–but complexity is growing even faster. This cannot be controlled in a top down way.” Dirk proposed a new paradigm instead: empowerment and coordination. “Participation of people is really important”, he is convinced: collectively developed, open source solutions.

 

And as Europe will not ever be able to compete with Silicon Valley, why not instead develop a different growth model? To overcome the current garden thinking, work together in big teams instead of competing for the limited resources, share information. “Shared information surprisingly creates wealth”, said Dirk, “better products and services, smarter cities, a better world for the future. That’s why we have to empower people!”

 

He proposes “7 C’s: co-learning, co-creation, combinatorial innovation, co-ordination, co-operation, co-evolution, and collective intelligence” to get “smarter, participatory cities”.

c) Philipp Marxgut
Dirk Helbing: "Smarter Participatory Cities" (Photo: Philipp Marxgut)

View the first session online

 

Many thanks to Dirk Helbing, who filmed the talks of the first session. You can find his videos here:

 

Opening remarks

 

Sabine Amirdschanjan, EC Representation in Berlin,

 

Wolfgang Knoll, Scientific Managing Director of AIT,

 

Nikolas Neubert (moderator, AIT): Introduction to the first panelists.

 

 

Speakers of the first panel

 

Stefan Thurner

 

Luís Bettencourt

 

Elke Pahl-Weber

 

Dirk Helbing


Visitor

Jack Draper, Princeton University


Jun 11, 2018 | 8:00Aug 06, 2018 | 17:00

Press

Human and Machine Interaction in Complex Production Systems [German & English]


TU Graz_research, Jun 15, 2018

News

Jun 14, 2018

“I guess its just for fun”

Event

CSH Talk by Julia Neidhardt: “Social Influence and Opinion Forming in Online Social Networks”


Jun 15, 2018 | 14:0015:30

Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Press

“Resilienz von komplexen Systemen”


Deutschlandfunk, Jun 8, 2018

Talk

“Counter-dominance signaling drives evolution of cultural elites: quantitative evidence from fashion cycles in music”


Peter Klimek.

Jun 15, 2018 | 11:4512:00

New Cap Center, Paris

Press

Jahreszahlen googeln, Algorithmen verstehen


Die Presse, Jun 9, 2018

Event

CSH Colloquium: “Improving resilience in complex systems”


Jun 07, 2018 | 15:0018:00

Boecklsaal at TU Wien (Technical University of Vienna)

News

Jun 1, 2018

Where to go, complexity? [Pics and Slides]

Press

Big Data und die Versuchskaninchen


Heureka / Falter, May 30, 2018

News

Apr 20, 2018

Brian Arthur’s magic formula for excellence

News

Apr 16, 2018

Falling Walls Lab 2018: Congrats, Ruggiero!

Visitor

Jack Draper, Princeton University


Jun 11, 2018 | 8:00Aug 06, 2018 | 17:00

Press

Human and Machine Interaction in Complex Production Systems [German & English]


TU Graz_research, Jun 15, 2018

News

Jun 14, 2018

“I guess its just for fun”

Event

CSH Talk by Julia Neidhardt: “Social Influence and Opinion Forming in Online Social Networks”


Jun 15, 2018 | 14:0015:30

Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Press

“Resilienz von komplexen Systemen”


Deutschlandfunk, Jun 8, 2018

Talk

“Counter-dominance signaling drives evolution of cultural elites: quantitative evidence from fashion cycles in music”


Peter Klimek.

Jun 15, 2018 | 11:4512:00

New Cap Center, Paris

Press

Jahreszahlen googeln, Algorithmen verstehen


Die Presse, Jun 9, 2018

Event

CSH Colloquium: “Improving resilience in complex systems”


Jun 07, 2018 | 15:0018:00

Boecklsaal at TU Wien (Technical University of Vienna)

News

Jun 1, 2018

Where to go, complexity? [Pics and Slides]

Press

Big Data und die Versuchskaninchen


Heureka / Falter, May 30, 2018

News

Apr 20, 2018

Brian Arthur’s magic formula for excellence

News

Apr 16, 2018

Falling Walls Lab 2018: Congrats, Ruggiero!

News

Jun 14, 2018

“I guess its just for fun”

News

Jun 1, 2018

Where to go, complexity? [Pics and Slides]

News

Apr 20, 2018

Brian Arthur’s magic formula for excellence

News

Apr 16, 2018

Falling Walls Lab 2018: Congrats, Ruggiero!

News

Apr 10, 2018

Simply complex | Einfach komplex

News

Mar 23, 2018

Stefan Thurner in Okto TV

News

Mar 15, 2018

Out now: The first NEWSLETTER of CSH Vienna

News

Feb 21, 2018

The long shadow of your friends

News

Feb 19, 2018

“Social bots and fake news”

News

Feb 16, 2018

“It is never too late for success”

News

Feb 15, 2018

“The fate of our planet is the fate of our cities”

News

Feb 6, 2018

CSH Colloqium: The answer is 42!

Visitor

Jack Draper, Princeton University


Jun 11, 2018 | 8:00Aug 06, 2018 | 17:00

Event

CSH Talk by Julia Neidhardt: “Social Influence and Opinion Forming in Online Social Networks”


Jun 15, 2018 | 14:0015:30

Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Talk

“Counter-dominance signaling drives evolution of cultural elites: quantitative evidence from fashion cycles in music”


Peter Klimek.

Jun 15, 2018 | 11:4512:00

New Cap Center, Paris

Event

CSH Colloquium: “Improving resilience in complex systems”


Jun 07, 2018 | 15:0018:00

Boecklsaal at TU Wien (Technical University of Vienna)

Event

CSH Workshop: “Improving Resilience in Complex Systems”


Jun 08, 2018 | 9:30Jun 09, 2018 | 17:00

Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Visitor

Frank Schweitzer, ETH Zurich


Jun 07, 2018Jun 09, 2018

Visitor

Ramona Roller, ETH Zurich


Jun 07, 2018Jun 09, 2018

Visitor

Odirilwe Selomane, Stockholm Resilience Centre


Jun 07, 2018Jun 09, 2018

Visitor

Vasilis Dakos, University of Montpellier


Jun 07, 2018Jun 09, 2018

Visitor

Giona Casiraghi, ETH Zurich


Jun 07, 2018Jun 09, 2018

Event

CSH Workshop: “Eternity Costs and Wicked Legacies – Unacknowledged constraints to a sustainability transformation?”


Jun 11, 2018 | 9:00Jun 12, 2018 | 17:00

Complexity Science Hub Vienna

Visitor

Karolina Safarzynska, University of Warsaw


Jun 05, 2018Jun 08, 2018

Press

Human and Machine Interaction in Complex Production Systems [German & English]


TU Graz_research, Jun 15, 2018

Press

“Resilienz von komplexen Systemen”


Deutschlandfunk, Jun 8, 2018

Press

Jahreszahlen googeln, Algorithmen verstehen


Die Presse, Jun 9, 2018

Press

Big Data und die Versuchskaninchen


Heureka / Falter, May 30, 2018

Press

Die Spritze kommt per Drohne


Heureka / Falter, May 30, 2018

Press

Abogan por un uso “responsable” del “lenguaje de las emociones” [Spanish]


ABC.es, May 30, 2018

Press

La reina inaugura la próxima semana un seminario sobre lenguaje y posverdad [Spanish]


La Vuanguardia, May 27, 2018

Press

Niech wszyscy wiedzą wszystko o wszystkich [in Polish language]


pulsHR.pl, May 16, 2018

Press

Ziemlich dumme Netzwerke


Heureka / Falter, Apr 25, 2018

Press

Por favor ¿puedes dejar de compartir mis datos, por favor? [Blog in Spanish]


nadaesgratis.se (Blog by Anxo Sánchez) , Apr 23, 2018

Press

Information Spookyhighway #470 speaks with David Garcia


ScienceForThePeople.ca, Apr 20, 2018

Press

Prävenire-Gesundheitsforum: Digitale Medizin längst im Rollen


APA Science, Apr 20, 2018