Category: Talks

César Hidalgo on Information in Societies, Economies, and the Universe

Maxwell’s Demon is a famous thought experiment in which a mischievous imp uses knowledge of the velocities of gas molecules in a box to decrease the entropy of the gas, which could then be used to do useful work such as pushing a piston. This is a classic example of converting information (what the gas molecules are doing) into work. But of course that kind of phenomenon is much more widespread — it happens any time a company or organization hires someone in order to take advantage of their know-how. César Hidalgo has become an expert in this relationship between information and work, both at the level of physics and how it bubbles up into economies and societies. Looking at the world through the lens of information brings new insights into how we learn things, how economies are structured, and how novel uses of data will transform how we live.


Complexity, a podcast by SFI

Far-reaching conversations with a worldwide network of scientists and mathematicians, philosophers and artists developing new frameworks to explain our universe’s deepest mysteries. Join host Michael Garfield at the Santa Fe Institute each week to learn about your world and the people who have dedicated their lives to exploring its emergent order: their stories, research, and insights…


Can You Judge Artificial Intelligence? | Cesar A. Hidalgo at Brain Bar

Ai’s are diagnosing cancer, driving cars, acting as police agents, and it seems that judging their decisions are not as easy as we first think.

Are we more forgiving when a machine makes a mistake? Would you trust an AI to be in charge?

Let’s find out with Cesar A. Hidalgo, the mastermind of collective learning from MIT!