In ten short years, the introduction of iPhone/smartphone technology has sparked what is arguably the fastest and most pervasive social transformation in the history of the human race. I call it the Age of Connectivism.
The Theory of Constructal of Infonomics (TCI) unites the concept of life and shows that all three of the families of life, DNA, human societies and machines, are one, governed by the same physical laws of information and thermodynamics. The success of any life form is its ability to maximize the amount of energy it can direct to its own growth, evolution and reproduction.
For some 40 years of studying both physics and information, the connection between the two concepts has been intuitively obvious to me, but at the same time not provable as a working theory. With the discovery of the Constructal Law by Professor Adrian Bejan in 1996, the proof was at hand. In May, 2017 I presented a paper, The Constructal Theory of Infonomics at the Constructal Law Conference 2017 in Bucharest, Romania. The paper was subsequently selected for publication in the Proceedings of the Romanian Academy of Sciences. This e-book is a verbatim copy of the paper submitted to the conference. It is provided in this form for the convenience of those who wish to access it at low cost.
This is without a doubt the best article yet written about Professor Bejan, the man and the ideas behind the Constructal Law
Intelligent machines are gaining control of large energy sources. What is the physics connection between intelligence and energy? How do we rationalize their values and actions with those of people who might be affected?
An interesting post on LinkedIn about the Constructal Law and wealth inequality. Physics of blood & money: why nature promotes…
Information products – cell phones, smart phones and the Internet require abundant, inexpensive supplies of energy and are essential to increase our global wealth and enable people everywhere to create their own wealth.
Dominance is the ability of one entity to cause change in another. Flow and channel are in constant tension over which will dominate. This is a key feature of the Constructal Law, which defines the characteristics of all information systems.
Deep in the mountainous rainforest, the natives looking on in amusement, we began our journey by pushing our humble dugout canoe…
I’m looking at my gold wedding band.
Its gold was created in a supernova explosion billions of years ago.
How did it get to my finger?
How could a professor of engineering from Duke University and a cartoonist independently predict the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election correctly, without knowledge of political strategy, access to pundits, supercomputers or funding – while all the so-called experts got it wrong?
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Although the designs of nature might seem random, they are not.
Rarely are scientists capable of translating esoteric concepts in such broad strokes without losing coherence, but Bejan’s persistent focus on the details brings the constructal law to life via the everyday. In the end, his blend of science and the philosophy of design (among other disciplines) is convincing and may just shift your perspective of self.