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Voynich manuscript

The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system.

Algorithms for procedural content generation

A procedural content algorithm is one that either generates a large amount of content for a small investment of input data, or one that adds structure to random noise.

The economy as a complex adaptive system

Complexity economics is the application of complexity science to the problems of economics. It studies computer simulations to gain insight into economic dynamics, and avoids the assumption that the economy is a system in equilibrium.

Story generator algorithms (SGAs)

The term story generator algorithms (SGAs) refers to computational procedures resulting in an artifact that can be considered a story.

Theory of fragility

Fragility is aversion to disorder. Things that are fragile do not like variability, volatility, stress, chaos, and random events, which cause them to either gain little or suffer. What’s more, things that are fragile respond to shock in a nonlinear fashion. Also, volatility signals stability, and 
vice versa

For countries, fragility has five principal sources: a centralized governing system, an undiversified economy, excessive debt and leverage, a lack of political variability, and no history of surviving past shocks.


A thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system. That is, the lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.