Complexity Economics

By Jacob F Davis | Economies express emergent, adaptive, and other Complex phenomena. A companion to "Complexity Science" on FlipBoard. A project of Economplex.org.

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Avocado seed husks could be a gold mine of medicinal and industrial compounds

The least appreciated part of an avocado could soon undergo a trash-to-treasure transformation. In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists report that …

Health

Why I’m skeptical that robots will take all our jobs

Humans are good at inventing jobs to do. AI won’t change that.<p>Over at Mother Jones, Kevin Drum has a quick post rebutting the two worst objections he hears to the fear that AI-empowered robots will take all our jobs. The arguments are:<p>If automation were taking away jobs, we’d see it in high …

Intelligence

Hackers apparently fooled Clinton official with bogus email

WASHINGTON (AP) — New evidence appears to show how hackers earlier this year stole more than 50,000 emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, an audacious electronic attack blamed on Russia's government and one that has resulted in embarrassing political disclosures about Democrats in the …

Tesla is still going to win the driverless-car race

Tesla is entering one of the roughest periods it has ever faced.<p>In the fourth quarter, the electric-car maker must deliver at least 80,000 vehicles to meet its guidance, continue to develop the Model 3 mass-market sedan for a 2017 launch, and grow its energy-storage business.<p>Tesla must also manage …

Transportation

Fantasy Football: The Beauty of Capitalism and the Dangers of Government

We are in the midst of the NFL preseason, which means its fantasy football draft-time for the tens of millions who play fantasy football every year. …

Capitalism

This CEO is democratically elected — his staff get the chance to fire him once every year

In its simplest and most common form, workplace democracy allows staff to vote on office snacks, or the location of the Christmas party. But more rarely, it can give staff communal power over the most important decisions in the company.<p>More than 100 UK businesses, like upmarket department store …

Employment

Creator of chatbot that beat 160,000 parking fines now tackling homelessness

Teenager who designed DoNotPay to overturn tickets in London and New York expands service to assist those dealing with housing problems in the UK<p>The chatbot lawyer that overturned hundreds and thousands of parking tickets is now tackling another problem: homelessness.<p>London-born Stanford student …

Chatbots

Security researcher turns the tables on cyber-scammers

Researcher describes how he toys with tech support scammers before tricking one into installing ransomware.<p>Have you ever gotten a phone call, email or pop-up from someone trying to scam you with an obviously non-existent problem with your computer that will be expensive to solve?<p>French security …

Security

A Tesla saved its owners life by using autopilot to get him to the hospital

While autopilot isn’t always used for its intended purpose, or even used correctly for that matter, it’s undeniable that the feature has utility. Joshua Neally probably recognizes this more than most.<p>After the 37-year-old Neally started suffering from piercing pain in his stomach and chest, he …

Driverless Cars

IBM's Watson AI saved a woman from leukemia

IBM's Watson has done everything from winning at <i>Jeopardy</i> to cooking exotic meals, but it appears to have accomplished its greatest feat yet: saving a life. University of Tokyo doctors report that the artificial intelligence diagnosed a 60-year-old woman's rare form of leukemia that had been …

Artificial Intelligence

Hacker Creates Fake, Effective Boarding Passes

Przemek Jaroszewski, head of Poland’s chapter of the international Computer Emergency Readiness Team program, was scheduled to present what was …

Airlines

Amazon unveils cargo plane as it expands delivery network

New Solar Capture Technique Converts CO2 Into Burnable Fuel

University of Chicago Engineers have built a new type of solar cell that would efficiently convert atmospheric carbon dioxide to fuel—and it achieves …

Not very big in Japan! Tiny house no wider than parking space goes on sale in Tokyo

• <b>The nifty design leaves no stone un-turned and ekes out every morsel of space to make it house as big as possible</b>• <b><br>Crammed into the tiny 29 square</b> …

This Tiny House Has Storage Space Like You Wouldn't Believe

And endless organization possibilities.<p>When imagining life in a tiny house, most of us would ask the obvious: "But where would I put all my <i>stuff</i>?" But engineers Tina and Luke Orlando have designed a tiny house from scratch with storage space like you wouldn't believe.<p>The blueprints for this …

Houses

This Tiny Home's Pop-Out Porch Is Seriously Genius

And if that's not impressive, wait until you see the farmhouse kitchen.<p>A lot of the time, tiny homes are decorated just like your grandmother's house. Shingled exteriors, cringe-worthy patterns and maybe even a cutesy name that's slightly embarrassing to say. Well, the Alpha Tiny Home doesn't have …

Houses

RIP VHS: World's Last VCR Will Be Made This Month

Be warned, vintage videophiles: Japan’s Funai Electric, a company that claims to be the last manufacturer of videocassette recorders (VCRs), will manufacture its last VHS player this month.<p>Funai, which manufacturers the VCRs in China for Sanyo, says the decision comes after selling only 750,000 …

Pokémon Go

Watch the craziness that happens when a rare Pokemon appears in Central Park

Technically Incorrect: The game that's overtaken America overtakes New York's Central Park.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Who says America can't unite?<p>This is just the piffle of the negative.<p>I have proof that we can all come together as …

Pokémon

Pokemon Go Is Driving Insane Amounts of Sales at Small, Local Businesses. Here's How It Works

For $1.19 an hour, you can have more customers than you've ever seen in your life<p>The speed at which Pokemon Go has spread is unprecedented. Less than a week after launch, this augmented reality mobile exploration game has been installed on twice as many phones as Tinder, it has double the …

'Pokémon Go' fans take over downtown Sydney in search of Pikachu

While the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are just two of the stunning landmarks downtown Sydney, Australia has to offer, most visitors Sunday …

Pokémon

Google is making a toy system that teaches kids how to code

Learning to code usually involves sitting in front of a computer, memorizing commands, and carefully checking for syntax errors. But what if instead, coding was colorful, fun, and let you interact with the real world?<p>That's what Google is trying to do with a new initiative called Project Bloks. …

Kids

Should Your Car Be Programmed To Kill You?

Like it or not (although we can’t imagine why you wouldn’t), driverless cars are on their way, with some reports suggesting 10 million could be on …

Flirtey delivers drugs by drone from ship to shore in New Jersey

The Jersey Shore is finally famous for something besides fake tanning.<p>A Reno, Nevada-based startup called Flirtey Inc. conducted the first domestic “ship to shore” drone delivery this week along the New Jersey coastline. The company’s proprietary drone is a six-rotor system constructed from carbon …

Drones

Missouri is installing solar power grabbing pavement on Route 66

Part of its ‘Road to Tomorrow Initiative,’ Missouri’s Department of Transportation is teaming with Solar Roadways, an Idaho-based startup (seriously, what’s going on in Idaho?) to cover an undetermined length of Historic Route 66 with road-ready solar panels.<p>“We expect them to be in place, I’m …

Clean Energy

Note claiming to be from cryptocurrency hacker says stolen $53 million is legally his

One day after $53 million abruptly disappeared from an experimental cryptocurrency project, a note claiming to be from the attacker has surfaced on PasteBin, claiming that the money drained from the system is now legally his. The attacker withdrew the money by exploiting a contract bug in the code …

Cryptocurrency

Why the poor spend more on restaurants than all but the very rich - MarketWatch

A new study on how rich and poor spend their money shows that low-income Americans spend as much of their money at restaurants as all but the …

Equality

Scientists turn chief global warming gas into harmless stone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have a found a quick way — but not a cheap one — to turn heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas into harmless rock.<p>Experts say the results of a two-year, $10 million experiment called CarbFix , conducted about one-third of a mile (540 meters) deep in the rocks of Iceland, …