César Hidalgo on Why Information Grows | The RSA

César Hidalgo presents his ideas at the RSA

I’ve just recently finished the excellent book Why Information Grows by César Hidalgo. I hope to post a reasonable review soon, but the ideas in it are truly excellent and fit into a thesis I’ve been working on for a while. For those interested, he does a reasonable synopsis of some of his thought in the talk he gave the the RSA recently, the video can be found below.

The underlying mathematics of what he’s discussing are fantastic (though he doesn’t go into them in his book), but the overarching implications of his ideas with relation to the future of humankind as a function of our economic system and society could have some significant impact.

“César visits the RSA to present a new view of the relationship between individual and collective knowledge, linking information theory, economics and biology to explain the deep evolution of social and economic systems.

In a radical rethink of what an economy is, one of WIRED magazine’s 50 People Who Could Change the World, César Hidalgo argues that it is the measure of a nation’s cultural complexity – the nexus of people, ideas and invention – rather than its GDP or per-capita income, that explains the success or failure of its economic performance. To understand the growth of economies, Hidalgo argues, we first need to understand the growth of order itself.”

12 thoughts on “César Hidalgo on Why Information Grows | The RSA”

  1. In particular, I think that Carl Liggio will get a lot out of it on the economics side. Elena Thompson should read it, particularly part III, for how networks build and extend — it has direct application to what you’re doing building communities. (Think about how you can build less costly links between people to build stronger networks.)
    I’m happy to send copies to either of you if you’re interested.


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