Tag Archives: Mapping

The essence of smart specialization: local economies as computational platforms (review essay)

The physical matter we are dealing with today is exactly the same that was available to our hominid Palaeolithic ancestors. What makes the difference between now and then is the way in which matter is arranged, and thus its information content. Starting from this simple but far from obvious remark, César Hidalgo’s Why Information Grows offers a fresh approach to the understanding of the functioning of economic systems which is at the same time pragmatic, conceptually elegant and innovative. Continue reading The essence of smart specialization: local economies as computational platforms (review essay)

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Invisible Cities: Evolutionary foundations of narrative and fiction, and their applications to social change, innovation, and the creative economy

A teaching experiment for Harvard University (2016).
Here’s the syllabus of the course “Italian 184: Storytelling and Innovation: The Narrative Foundations of the Creative Economy“.
The aim of this course is to explore recent literature that examines the origins of narrative and fiction from a bio-cultural point of view, taking into account recent findings in human evolution studies and evolutionary game theory. Starting from this literature, the course highlights the role of narrative and fiction in the social innovation and change phenomena, in the context of the emerging creative economy, with particular emphasis on the phenomenon of the creative city. Continue reading Invisible Cities: Evolutionary foundations of narrative and fiction, and their applications to social change, innovation, and the creative economy

Analyzing the semantics of point spaces through the topological weighted centroid and other mathematical quantities: the hidden geometry of the global economic order

For many spatial processes, there is a natural need to find out the point of origin on the basis of the available scatter of observations; think, for instance, of finding out the home base of a criminal given the actual distribution of crime scenes, or the outbreak source of an epidemics. In this article, we build on the topological weighted centroid (TWC) methodology that has been applied in previous research to the reconstruction of space syntax problems, for example, of problems where all relevant entities are of spatial nature so that the relationships between them are inherently spatial and need to be properly reconstructed. Continue reading Analyzing the semantics of point spaces through the topological weighted centroid and other mathematical quantities: the hidden geometry of the global economic order