04 Complexity | From data to insight
Our world is becoming more and more interconnected and complex. Every day we learn that, due to wide-ranging interactions, our actions can have unexpected consequences, for example in the areas of politics, business and technology. What can we do about this? Chaos, order and self-organisation follow the laws of complex systems. These systems arise everywhere, from particle physics to the social order. As a result, instead of wanting to understand or control the world only in reductive detail as used to be the case, researchers and technicians are increasingly focusing their studies on interactions and overall contexts. This new perspective can help us deal with the huge challenges we currently face in areas as varied as globalisation, climate change, health care and information management.