"Wicked" problems: the joys of taking on complexity

from the makes-our-heads-hurt dept.
Surely the problems that we at Foresight take on — e.g. heading off abuse of nanotechnology and machine intelligence — are some of the most complex ("wicked") around. Those of us trying to work on these problems — alone or in groups, online or in person — will benefit from this essay on wicked problems and how to come at them for best effect: To solve wicked problems, we need to confront a more complex mass of information than we are used to dealing with, while unleashing creativity and opportunity-driven thinking. It is a more complex and chaotic process…"Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them."–Laurence J. Peter Thanks to Scott Johnson, editor of Future Presence email newsletter from Arlington Institute, for the pointer.

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