We work on fundamental problems in evolutionary theory concerning collective behavior, collective computation, and collective intelligence—at all levels of biological organization—from societies of cells to societies of individuals to machine-human hybrid societies SFI | @C4COMPUTATION | C4VIMEO | JESSICA FLACK | DAVID KRAKAUER
Brush, E., Krakauer, D.C. and Flack, J. C.Conflicts of interest improve collective computation of adaptive social structure. In press. Science Advances. UNDER EMBARGO Read about above study here: How living systems compute solutions to problems. Write up by Eleanor Brush & Jessica Flack. UNDER EMBARGO C4 and Jessica Flack profiled in essay by Josh Sokol in 2017 in Quanta Magazine: How Nature Solves Problems Through Computaton The above essay has been syndicated by the The Atlantic Flack, J.C. 2017. Coarsegraining as a downward causation mechanism in adaptive systems . Phil Trans A. 375, DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2016.0338. Read about coarse-graining paper here: New paper answers causation conundrum . Write up by Jessica C. Flack Upcoming working group: Distributed decision making: Universal features of decision making via collective computation , SFI, May 9-11 2018 at Santa Fe institute. Organized by Bryan Daniels & Jessica Flack. Upcoming workshop: The origins & implications of time in physical & adaptive systems (tentative title). June 18-20. Organized by Jessica Flack, Sean Carroll, Jim Hartle and David Krakauer. Upcoming working group: Limits to human peformance: Collective effects, June 25-29 2018 at SFI organized by Jessica Flack, John Krakauer and Jim Pallotta. New study: Lee, E., Daniels, B.C., Krakauer, D.C. & Flack, J.C. 2017. Collective memory in primate conflict implied by temporal scaling collapse . Royal Society Interface. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0223 Read about above collective memory study here . How conflict spreads through a society. Write up Eddie Lee, Bryan Daniels, Jessica C. Flack & David C. Krakauer. SFI short course: Collective Intelligence, Markets & Prediction, NYC, October 12-13, 2017. Organized by Jessica Flack. Working group: Principles of Collective Behavior 2 , Sep 11-13, 2017, at Santa Fe Institute. Organized by Bryan Daniels, Manfred Laubichler and Jessica Flack. Woking group: Future of Computatonal Social Science , Aug 8-9, 2017, at Santa Fe Institute. Organized by Jessica Flack and David Krakauer. Daniels, B., Flack, J.C. and Krakauer, D.C. 2017. Dual coding theory explains biphasic collective computation in neural decision-making. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 11: 313 https:// doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2017.00313 Read about above neural crowdsourcing study here: How neurons use crowdsourcing to make decisions by Jessica C. Flack & Bryan C. Daniels. Flack, J.C. 2017. Life's Information Hierarchy. In Walker, Davies, Ellis, Matter to Life, Cambridge University Press. 283-302. Daniels, B., Krakauer, D.C., and Flack, J.C., 2017. Control of critical behavior in a small-scale, collective social system. Nature Communications, 8 14301 Working group: Quantifying Collective Behavior in Living Systems , May 3-5, 2017, at Santa Fe Institute. Organized by Bryan Daniels, Manfred Laubichler and Jessica Flack Flack gives talk on Lessons for Social System Engineering from Collective Computation in Nature , March 20 at Google Ventures Daniels, B., Ellison, C.J., Krakauer, D.C. and Flack, J.C. 2016. Quantifying collectivity . Current Opinion in Neurob iology, 37, 106-113.