5G, Data Security, and Investment Strategy

Brad Allenby

Recently, I got a rather general request from an investor publication regarding the general implications of the evolution of 5G technology for data security and investment strategy. This is something that books could be written about, if it weren’t for the inconvenient…

Solving Problems Rationally in an Irrational World

Engineering is in many ways structured, usually quantitative, problem solving. Whether it is writing a software module that must integrate smoothly with existing legacy systems, balancing the many different design objectives and constraints that go into modern automobile design, or trying to update, operate, and maintain an urban transportation network, engineers are given massive, often contradictory, inputs and expected to produce solutions that work in the real world. And because engineering is a quantitative domain, as many as possible of the fuzzy and qualitative inputs are quantified so they can be included in the relevant models.

Problems thus arise when some inputs are so complex they can’t be quantified, because engineers want numbers and predictable behaviors. This is especially true with what’s known as “wicked complexity” — complexity that arises in the psychological, social, or cultural domains simply because…

I accept that Teslaistic vehicles are

the future. But they have

no stick shift,

no double clutch,

no groaning as orgasmic metal constructions with straight pipes achieve Nirvana,

no screaming tires as one slides into Dead Man’s Curve,

no pretense of mythic.

They are little ideological creatures,

huddled around the…

Engineering is in many ways structured, usually quantitative, problem solving. Whether it is writing a software module that must integrate smoothly with existing legacy systems, balancing the many different design objectives and constraints that go into modern automobile design, or trying to update, operate, and maintain an urban transportation network…

Brad Allenby

Brad Allenby, J.D., Ph.D., is President’s Professor of Engineering, and Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, at Arizona State University.

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