Swarm Intelligence: An Interview with Eric Bonabeau (9 tags)
The concept of swarm intelligence is borrowed from nature, and in this interview with Eric Bonabeau, that's where the conversation begins--with ants and other social insects. Dr. Bonabeau takes us from his childhood nightmares of carnivorous wasps to applying the theories of swarm intelligence to solving real problems in the business world.
Using Mobile Phones to Model Complex Social Systems (6 tags)
The very nature of mobile phones makes them ideal vehicles to study individuals and organizations. Nathan Eagle describes the Reality Mining project, underway at MIT's Media Lab, which collects information from the phones of 100 human subjects at MIT to show how the use of mobile phones can model complex social systems. Nathan will be discussing this project in more depth at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 Conference.
Network Your Shell Scripts with Netpipes (4 tags)
Shell scripting and automation are an administrator's most powerful tools. Unfortunately, many processes require transferring data back and forth between machines. Instead of tunnelling yet another app over HTTP or writing yet another ad-hoc protocol, why not use netpipes? Robert Bernier explains this set of utilities that provide network-aware pipes to shell programmers.
Building a Desktop Firewall (3 tags)
By now, many internet users know that they need a firewall to protect their computers while they're online. Knowing that doesn't convey the knowledge of how to create and maintain a firewall. A nice GUI firewall builder called fwbuilder makes it possible to set up a working firewall in ten minutes--on Linux, *BSD, and Mac OS X. Dru Lavigne shows how it works on FreeBSD.
Systems Biology (2 tags)
The grand vision of systems biology is to integrate information from all of the resources we have today to explore the ever more complex aspects of life sciences. In this article, Robert Jones provides a snapshot of systems biology as it now stands, and where biologists hope to take it in the future.