Technology at the Limits of Comprehension
Welcome to the website of Samuel Arbesman. I’m a complexity scientist.
I examine the future of knowledge in our age of scientific and technological change and what that means for society. I’m currently Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital, a venture capital firm focused on big daring ideas in science and technology. My newest book is Overcomplicated, and The Half-Life of Facts is available in paperback.
What if technology makes scientific discoveries that we can’t understand?
Big data may tell us what we need to know for hype cycles today. But long data can reach into our past … and help us lay a path to our future.
Human ingenuity has created a world that the mind cannot master. Have we finally reached our limits?
When people think of knowledge, they generally think of two sorts of facts: facts that don’t change, like the height of Mount Everest or the capital of the United States, and facts that fluctuate constantly, like the temperature or the stock market close.
Leo Szilard, a physicist involved in the Manhattan Project, was known for his generosity of ideas and helpfulness toward his colleagues.