Word of the day - Cultural Algorithm

This goes with Transmedia Storytelling and cybernetic nudges. It is all weaponized.



So the third author of the book “Swarm Intelligence” is Yuhui Shi formerly of Electronic Data Systems (Perot Systems @ldaven

“Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), Indiana, USA, from October 1998 to December 2007.”

Now he’s at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province @leo



@stephers did you catch that Russell Eberhart was at Purdue?
That’s where Sentient World Simulation is.

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Whoa, that’s intense. The invisible hand of the algorithm.

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Eberhart and Shi

This book asserts that computational intelligence rests on a foundation of evolution- ary computation. This is certainly not the only way to view computational intelli- gence, but so far in the authors’ experience, it has proved useful and effective.

It is about computational tools that you can use in practical applications. Although the authors have backgrounds in engineering and computer science, CI tools are just as applicable to problems in other fields such as cognitive science and business.

This book is about self-organization, which is closely related to emergent computation. Self-organization involves simple processes that lead to complex results, and the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. As Stephen Wolfram (1994) said, “It is possible to make things of great complexity out of things that are very simple. There is no conservation of simplicity.”

It is about complex adaptive systems, a term that describes nonlinear systems com- prising the interaction of numerous adaptive elements, or entities. The concepts of self-organization and complexity are related, as we discuss later.

This book is not an exhaustive treatise on all permutations and variations of com- putational intelligence and its constituent methodologies. If you want an exhaustive discussion of artificial neural network paradigms, for instance, you’ll need to turn to another book. We present only those paradigms we believe provide the most useful tools for someone solving practical problems.

It is not a compendium of mathematical derivations and proofs. We present only those few we believe are essential to gaining a working-level understanding of how and why the computational tools work.

This book is not about agents. Most of our computational intelligence tools do not qualify as “agents” because they lack the required autonomy and specialization. They can, however, be incorporated into intelligent agents and agent systems.

It is not about life. We nip around the edges of artificial life in a few places, but we don’t address the question “What is alive?” (We do, however, share some pre- liminary thoughts on that subject.) We also do not address the search for artificial intelligence (whatever that is) or even for a computational intelligence tool from which intelligent behavior will emerge. Our focus is on solving problems.


“Essentially, we create computational models of human behavior,” said Simulex founder Dr. Alok Chaturvedi, who is also a professor in Purdue’s Krannert Graduate School of Management. “We combine open-source data with theories from different disciplines of social science to model behaviors of people and societies. We did a lot of work on the Middle East, like Iraq and Afghanistan, and we worked closely with Homeland Security.”

The SEAS technology enables researchers and organizations to test out strategies in a realistically detailed environment without risk. It can run real-time simulations for 62 nations, incorporating data from breaking news, census records, economic indicators, and climatic events, along with proprietary information such as military intelligence. The technology has been used by the U.S. Joint Forces Command, Naval Air Command, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, and Fortune 500 companies for analysis, planning, and training.

Chaturvedi, who has a background in management information systems and computer science, joined Purdue University 30 years ago as an assistant professor in the Krannert Graduate School of Management. His research focused on agent-based modeling, which simulates the actions and interactions of autonomous agents (e.g. people, organi- zations, etc.) to assess their effects on the system as a whole.

One of Chaturvedi’s experiments simulated the health of a refugee camp over time and how to best administer humanitarian aid. Each refugee agent in the model was labeled with states like healthy, sick inside the medical center, or sick outside the medical center. The probability that a given agent would become sick depended on input variables like food/water, medical resources, and sanitation. Chaturvedi and his colleagues also input health data collected by the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Chaturvedi noticed a high demand for com- putational models like SEAS from various government and business organizations he spoke with. He decided to commercialize his research. Since then, the technology has run simulations for Homeland Security, labor markets, insurgency, war games, and many other scenarios.

Although he sold SEAS to another company in 2013, Chaturvedi’s technology remains op- erational and in use. SEAS is widely employed by Fortune 500 companies, local and state governments, and the U.S. Department of Defense for experimentations, planning, analysis, operations, and shaping for complex problems.

“Even though we call this ‘war-gaming,’ we’re trying to understand how we can all work together to make the world a more peaceful and prosperous place,” Chaturvedi said. “We focus on the political, social, and economic aspects of other cultures in our exercises. As we realize our weaknesses and strengths when it comes to understanding the motives and reactions of these cultures, we put ourselves in a better position to achieve peace.”

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It was reported this week that Millie Bobbie Brown (star of Stranger Things) is attending Purdue.

During an interview with [Allure] for its September cover story, the young star revealed that she’s currently taking online classes at Purdue University where she studies human services. The major — which is described as giving students “knowledge in human development and family studies, skills for working with people in service agencies, and program evaluation skills,” per the university’s website — is where “you learn about the system and how to help young people,” according to Brown.

*Although she’s not currently attending classes in person, Purdue University is located in Indiana — aka the same state where the fictional town of Hawkins is located in Stranger Things.



Prior to his current position he was Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics at Idaho State University and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. His research interests are in areas related to environmental and reactor health physics, radiation detection and measurement, and nuclear security. He has graduated more than 25 MS and PhD students and has served on research committees for nearly 70 MS and PhD students in health physics, nuclear engineering, and physics. He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers or proceedings and over 75 conference presentation abstracts and has secured nearly $9 million dollars in competitive external grants and contracts from federal funding agencies, international organizations, and private foundations. He has received a number of awards including the Health Physics Society Elda Anderson Award and the Purdue School of Health Sciences Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Dr. Harris is active in the Health Physics Society, American Nuclear Society, the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.