Can we scientifically predict our future?
Burst – that’s the name of the session Albert-László Barabási, Director, Center for Complex Network Research of Northeastern University gives at DLD13. Albert-László Barabási is best known for his work in the research of network theory and a pioneer of real-world network theory.
Today he explains the idea of mapping complex systems. His theories have influenced important developments in engineering, marketing, medicine and spycraft.
His concept relies on the digital reality of our world. Mobile phones, the Internet and email have turned society into a huge research laboratory. All those electronic trails of time stamped texts, voicemails, and internet searches add up to a previously unavailable massive data set of statistics that track our movements, our decisions, our lives. His conclusion: patterns in human behavior previously thought to be purely random but it isn’t. "Mobility is one of cleanest predictors of human behaviour", he says.
Hubert Burda, Albert-László Barabási
This research may soon allow us to not just understand and predict network behavior, but also to control it.