About the Next Steps of the Future Center Smart Systems and the Leiden Center of Data Science

At 28-4-2014 the Future Center Smart Systems (FCSS) was launched At the same moment the Leiden Center of Data Science (LCDS) was announced. This is not a coincidence. FCSS and LCDS are two parts of the same coin. LCDS is focused on the Science of Data and FCSS is focused on using the results of the Science of Data to build Smart Systems or to give the Science of Data interesting problems to solve. FCSS is Practice and LCDS is theory. When we look at Wikipedia we see that the Data Sciences are defined as “The study of the generalizable … Continue reading About the Next Steps of the Future Center Smart Systems and the Leiden Center of Data Science

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About the Good, the Bad and the Nothing

Sometimes You want to do the Good Thing and the result is a Bad Thing. Sometimes You start an Activity with a Good Intention but the Activity runs completely Out of Hand because You were unable to Predict all the effects. Sometimes an Activity starts with a Good Intention and Ends with a Go]]><![CDATA[od Result but much later You discover that you have started a Chain of Activities and the Result of the Chain is Bad. Good and Bad are Context Dependent. Look at this little Story: A Chinese farmer awoke one morning to find a horse grazing in one of his fields. … Continue reading About the Good, the Bad and the Nothing

How to Resolve an Infinite Chain of Conflicts

Humans attach much greater weight to future losses than to future gains, especially when the former are certain and immediate and the latter are uncertain. Humans take unwise risks to avoid certain and immediate losses. They don’t want to take risks to pursue gains or will unwisely turn down proposed changes or concessions that offer a mix of gains and losses, even when the promised gains are objectively greater than the losses. To calculate a loss a Human chooses a personal reference point which is usually the individual’s status quo. Human beings reject or devalue whatever is freely available to … Continue reading How to Resolve an Infinite Chain of Conflicts