"Are We In Their Game?" Infographic - Input Sought - Does This Make Sense?

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As I was making this I remembered this article from Silicon Icarus.


It makes sense to me, but here’s some comments:

There’s a mix of specific organizations and broader concepts/paradigms in the titles, maybe going with one or the other would be easier to follow. For example ‘General systems Theory’ vs ‘Austrian Council for Research and Technology

I may have the wrong historical understanding, but maybe the Vienna circle could be renamed the enlightenment? People are probably more familiar with what that means than the ‘Vienna circle’.

I’m nots sure if the Austria theme is suppose to be implicit here, but almost all of the circles feature Austria, so it does somewhat read like your pinning this on Austria, which is valid in many ways of course, but I’m not sure if that was your intention.

Also I’m not sure if it makes sense for Ian Grigg to have his own circle when every other one is titled by an organization or concept, rather than individuals.

With all that said, I sure it gets alot of you point across as is if people read it. I like the foil of the ‘Vienna circle’ with ‘esoteric metaphysics’ as they do some to lean on both paradigms and its just an interesting phenomenon. Teaching materialism, practicing occultism.

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This makes a lot of sense to me . . . Seems worthy of its own You Tube presentation to explain . . .

Can you make it colorful?

  • The European Union is opening a new outpost in San Francisco.
  • The office will facilitate cooperation between European regulators and major technology firms.
  • A European Commission spokesperson said the office will further "strengthen transatlantic technological cooperation.”

The European Union is opening a new office in California’s Silicon Valley, giving European regulators direct access to major digital technology companies—and vice versa.

The office, officially opening 1 September, comes as the EU prepares to implement two landmark technology regulations: the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Services Act (DSA). Both pieces of legislation, set to go into effect this autumn, are expected to have global implications and influence how tech giants like Meta and Google operate around the world.

Does this guy (see below) fit somehow/somewhere into your infographic (albeit Belgian, not Austrian – see potentially relevant links above; I know it’s tight already)?

If not . . . perhaps a similar infographic could even be devised to reflect Belgium/Brussels and Silicon Valley – if not directly related to the Austria connection)?

Vincent Daniel Blondel (born April 28, 1965) is a Belgian professor of applied mathematics and current rector of the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) and a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Blondel’s research lies in the area of mathematical control theory and theoretical computer science. He is mostly known for his contributions in computational complexity in control,[1] multi-agent coordination[2] and complex networks.[3][4]


Blondel studied philosophy, mathematics, engineering and computer science in Louvain-la-Neuve, Grenoble, London and Oxford. He completed a master thesis in engineering at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, he holds a MSc in mathematics from Imperial College of Science and Technology and a degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in engineering (summa cum laude) and a PhD in applied mathematics from UniversitĂ© catholique de Louvain.


In 1993-1994 he was a Göran Gustafsson Fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm) and in 1994-1995 he was a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in Paris. From 1995 to 1999 he was an assistant professor at the Institute of Mathematics of the Université de LiÚge before joining the Louvain School of Engineering of UCLouvain where he has been since then. He was a research visitor with the Australian National University, the University of California at Berkeley, the Santa Fe Institute, the Mittag-Leffler Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Harvard University. He was a visiting professor of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure in Lyon in 1998 and at the Université Paris VII - Diderot in 1999, 2000 and 2002. In 2005-2006 he was a visiting professor and a Fulbright scholar with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2010-2011 he was a visiting professor with the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Blondel is a former associate editor of the European Journal of Control (Springer) and of Systems and Control Letters (Elsevier). He is an editor of the journal Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems He has published about 100 journal articles and 6 books.

At UCLouvain, Blondel has founded the Group on Large Graphs and Networks. He has supervised 20 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and 15 visiting professors. He was department head in 2003-2010 and a university president candidate in 2009.

In 2013, Blondel has become the dean of the Louvain School of Engineering.

He was elected the Rector of the University of Louvain for the term 2014-2019, and reelected again in 2019 until 2024.[5]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Grant from the Trustees of the Mathematics Institute of Oxford University (1992)
  • Prize Agathon De Potter of the Belgian Royal Academy of Science (1993)
  • Prize Paul Dubois of the Montefiore Institute (1993)
  • Triennal SIAM prize on control and systems theory (2001)
  • Prize Adolphe Wetrems of the Belgian Royal Academy of Science (2006)
  • Antonio Ruberti prize in systems and control of the IEEE (2006)
  • Named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2013[6] for his contributions to computational analysis of systems and networks.


In 2012, he is in charge of the following courses at UCLouvain :

  • LINMA 1691 : Discrete mathematics I : Graphs algorithmics and theory
  • LINMA 1702 : Optimisation Models and Methods
  • LINMA 2111 : Discrete mathematics II: Algorithms and complexity
  • LINMA 2120 : System theory seminar
  • LINMA 2472 : Special questions about discrete mathematics.

The last course is following the online course of M. Chiang from Princeton University : “20Q about networks : Friends, Money and Bytes” [7]

Vincent D. Blondel
Born April 28, 1965

Antwerp, Belgium
Nationality Belgium
Alma mater UCLouvain
Imperial College, London
Known for Louvain Modularity
Scientific career
Fields Applied mathematics
Discrete mathematics
Institutions Université catholique de Louvain
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor Michel Gevers

Convergence in Multiagent Coordination, Consensus, and Flocking

Vincent D. Blondel, Julien M. Hendrickx, Alex Olshevsky, and John N. Tsitsiklis

Abstract— We discuss an old distributed algorithm for reaching consensus that has received a fair amount of recent attention. In this algorithm, a number of agents exchange their values asynchronously and form weighted averages with (possibly outdated) values possessed by their neighbors. We overview existing convergence results, and establish some new ones, for the case of unbounded intercommunication intervals.

Vincent Blondel’s doctoral advisor:


|Biography|* Brief CV
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  • 2010-2012: Professor (part-time) at the Department ELEC, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

  • 1986-2010: Professor at the "Centre for Systems Engineering and Applied Mechanics - CESAME", UniversitĂ© Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

  • 1983-1986: Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Systems Engineering, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

  • 1972-1983: Research Associate (Premier Assistant), then Assistant Professor (ChargĂ© de Cours), then Professor at the “Laboratoire d’Automatique, Dynamique et Analyse des SystĂšmes”, UniversitĂ© Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

  • 1968-1969: Assistant at “Microelectronics Labs”, UniversitĂ© Catholique de Louvain, Belgium|
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  • Applications of system identification and process control

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    supervised|* Salah Aidarous (1976), Bernard Deswysen (1977), Georges Bastin (1979)

  • Vincent Wertz (1982), X. Lige (1989)

  • Gang Li (1990), Christophe DelĂ©paut (1991), Vincent Blondel (1992), Marc Haest (1992), Franky Debruyne (1996), Pierre Carrette (1997), Pierre Ansay (1999)

  • BenoĂźt Codrons (2000), Xavier Bombois (2000), Gabriel Solari (2005), Tzvetan Ivanov (2011)|
    |Awards & Fellowships|* Doctor Honoris Causa Linköping University, Sweden (2010)

  • Doctor Honoris Causa Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2001)

  • Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) (1990)

  • IFAC Fellow (International Federation of Automatic Control) (2006)

  • Distinguished Member of the IEEE Control Systems Society (1997)

  • Chaire Francqui at UniversitĂ© Libre de Bruxelles (1994-95)

  • Member of the Academia Europaea (2014)

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  • the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada

  • the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish National Board for Industrial and Technical Development (NUTEK), and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

  • the Dutch Technology Foundation

  • the Dutch Academy of Science

  • the University of Uppsala, Sweden

  • the Estonian Academy of Science

  • the University of Vaasa, Finland

  • Chalmers University, Sweden

  • Linköping University, Sweden

  • the National Agency for the Evaluation of Italian Universities (ANVUR)

  • the Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO, Belgium)

  • the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS, Belgium)|
    |Conferences|* Member of the International Program Committee of numerous Conferences organized by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control), and EUCA (European Union Control Association)

  • Co-Chairman (with G. Bastin) of the European Control Conference 1997|
    |Thesis Committees|> Member of thesis review committees in many universities:

  • UniversitĂ© Catholique de Louvain, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, UniversitĂ© Libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, UniversitĂ© de LiĂšge (Belgium)

  • UniversitĂ© de Paris, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, UniversitĂ© de Rouen (France), Nancy-UniversitĂ©

  • Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)

  • Linköping University, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - Stockholm (Sweden)

  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, Twente University (The Netherlands)

  • Australian National University, University of Newcastle, Melbourne University (Australia)|
    |Visiting Academic Appointments|* Visiting Professor, Australian National University in 1996 (4 weeks), 1995 (4 weeks), 1994 (5 weeks), 1993 (3 weeks), 1991 (2 months), and 1987 (1 month)

  • Visiting Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia in 1989 (1 month), 1987 (1 month), 1981 (1 month), and 1980 (10 months)

  • Visiting Professor, Institut fĂŒr Ökonometrie und Operations Research, Technische UniversitĂ€t Wien, Austria, in 1986 (5 weeks)

  • Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique FĂ©dĂ©rale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland: several one-week visits in 2004 and 2005

  • Visiting Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil: one-week visits in 2011, 2012 and 2013, three-week visits in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Visiting Professor, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil: one-week visits in 2012 and 2013|
    |Teaching experience|* Courses on System Identification, Control, Stochastic Processes and Estimation Theory at UCL

  • Numerous seminars, lectures and plenary lectures in various universities and at conferences throughout the world

  • Post-graduate courses (2 days to 1 week) on System Identification, Identification for Control and Optimal Control at the Australian National University (1985), Linköping University, Sweden (1987), organised by the Nordic Graduate Council, the University of California, Santa Barbara (1991), the Dutch Summmer School on Identification for Control (1993), the Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby (1994), the Laboratoire d’Automatique de Grenoble (1996), the `Ecole d’Ete d’Automatique de Grenoble’ (1994 and 1998), the Dutch Institute for Systems and Control (1998, 1999), and the Belgian Graduate School on Systems and Control (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997)

  • One-day course at the IEEE Conferences on Decision and Control (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996) and at the IFAC World Congress (1996) on the connections between identification and robust control, some of them jointly with Dr. Robert Kosut (Stanford University), Dr. Robert Bitmead (Australian National University) and Dr. Roy Smith (UC Santa Barbara)|
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@AMcD Please disregard my response above. I see now that your infographic is exclusively Austrian. We can save Belgium for another day! :slight_smile:

Esoterically, I wonder if there is any potential connection with the Dresden Codex?


We first learn of the Dresden Codex when we hear that Johann Christian Götze, Director of the Royal Library at Dresden, obtained the codex from the private owner in Vienna in 1739.

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I’m still working it through - this is sort of linking a number of themes triggered by the Grigg flower experiment tied back to Bertalanffy (also Laszlo).

The Vienna Circle is a specific thing - early 20th century materialist / logic based. For me when I look at this it is about limiting “reality” to material world to exclusion of anything beyond perception. That seems very much in line with Grigg’s Ricardian smart contracts and deontic logic don’t you think?



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Very interesting. I think Dresden is in Germany though, right?

Mostly I was keeping to Austria because so much of the agent-based modeling seems grounded in equal parts “free market” economics of the Austrian School with the archetypal storyline (under manipulation) by the game masters - therefore the Vienna School of psychoanalysis. For me the “currency” of social value is part of the game play Grigg et all are setting up.

This is sort of a Vienna story, though of course different versions could be told for different localities - Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, etc. Germany has a lot of pscyh stuff, too of course and biophysics.

I guess for me I sort of situate it in place, and I was trying to make sense of what happened in that strange set to two short clips.

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Ah, yes . . . To clarify . . . Dresden is German; however, the “owner” of the “Dresden” Codex (Mayan hieroglyphics) was situated in Vienna.

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