CCSE Lecture Series: Seven Shocks to Shake the World, John Casti

Monday, March 18, 2013 4:00 pm

Location: Babbio 122


Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises
Distinguished Lecture Series

Worlds in Crisis: Complex Systems and the Flow of Human Events
John Casti - The X-Center - Vienna, Austria

Lecture 1: Seven Shocks to Shake the World
Monday, March 18; 4:00-5:00 PM
Discussion of a number of global shocks—economic, geopolitical, technological, environmental, demographic, and financial—that threaten our 20th-century   way of life. We will consider how such shocks might occur, their possible effects, and how we might actually benefit as well as suffer if such shocks take place. In each case we point out the intrinsic system-theoretic aspects of the shock, as preliminary to understanding the question of what can be done and how to mitigate the shock’s negative impact on modern life.