Nassim Taleb & anti-fragility

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (read review) has profoundly influenced Kjell Jørgen Hole’s work on anti-fragile ICT systems. For more information on Taleb’s work, see his homepage, Facebook forum, and medium page, as well as the news site Black Swan report. You can also listen to his podcast episodes at Nassim Taleb and Daniel Kahneman discuss antifragility here.

Joe Armstrong & Erlang

The functional programming language Erlang supports anti-fragile software systems consisting of concurrent processes that communicate via pure message passing. To learn more, watch Joe Armstrong—one of the inventors of Erlang—discuss how to program multicore machines, achieve fault tolerance and scaling, and build reactive systems. It is also possible to take online courses in Erlang programming:

Jeff Hawkins & machine learning

Jeff Hawkins and his colleagues at Numenta have developed a novel machine learning algorithm based on Hawkins’ Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) model of the neocortex. Chapters 11 and 12 in the book introduce the HTM learning algorithm. See Numenta’s learning center and YouTube page to learn more about the algorithm. Hawkins discusses his latest research on HTM theory here.

Dan Geer & security

Dan Geer, one of the world’s foremost security thinkers, has written many insightful essays and given many thought-provoking speeches on security issues. You can read many of them here. The keynote  Near-Term Challenges and Predictions from SOURCE Boston in 2017 is fascinating.