Beware of the Ghosts in the Machine

Driving the types of significant changes that truly transform an organization is tricky business. Contrary to popular belief, if you’re too conservative, you can end up with some unexpected consequences – that’s the theory of emergence at work.

At the heart of emergence theory, prominent in such fields of study as artificial intelligence, climate modeling and smart grid energy distribution, lies the thought that complex behavior can emerge from the congregation of elements that are not found in the individual elements themselves – meaning any subtle change can bring about an unanticipated outcome from ghosts in the machine.

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