Robustness in natural and artificial systems

Geometry simulation for "The Thread of Red", by artist Paola Grossi Gondi, 2015. See BioTechnoPractice and Paola Grossi Gondi's Thread of Red.
Geometry simulation for “The Thread of Red”, by artist Paola Grossi Gondi, 2015. See BioTechnoPractice and Paola Grossi Gondi’s Thread of Red.

Robustness is a really critical concept for many urgencies of our time, increasingly committed to dealing with complex systems: markets and economy, planning and policy, construction, repair, compensation, conservation, recognition, identification, prediction, interaction, health care, management – to name just a few very general problems. BTP aims to understanding what robustness is and what can be done about it and with it. The approach is the dialogue between science, technology and philosophy.

Robustness ws 3 intro.003Will we grasp some mysteries of the robustness of living beings? How did nature achieve the outstanding robustness of its products? Should we mimic nature’s way, or is engineered robustness doomed to be in principle different from the natural one? How will we build the robots of the future? How can we achieve knowledge that is both trustworthy and sufficiently sensitive to change? How can we empower the robustness of patients as we fight the robustness of their biological diseases? And will we able to set ourselves on sustainable global trajectories, on our robust and fragile planet? The answers are to come from scientifically informed philosophical reflection, as well as from a renewed and reflexive scientific practice.

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Robustness in Neurological Systems

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Robustness in Biological Systems

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