Each Friday, I share a collection of stories, research, or other news and notes related to the role of feedback in complex systems that catch my attention during the previous week. Most of these I share on twitter when I first read about them; if you have a twitter account, feel free to follow me. If you’re not on twitter, I hope that you enjoy this selection of my favourites; links are provided so you can explore each one fully.
Here are this week’s favourites:
- Jawbone, manufacturers of bluetooth accessories has developed the Up life monitoring wristband that will track your physical activity, sleep, and food intake. Learn more and look for it to be sold after November 6th.
- My colleague Mr Epidemiology (Atif Kukaswadia) is coordinating a blog roundtable on graduate school – be sure to check it out! Today’s post explores tips for selecting a supervisor to work with. If you’re not already, follow him on twitter too: @mrepid
- This profile in Science (NY Times) looks at the work of Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, a psychology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His new book, “Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain” explores the question of individual responsibility – how much of behaviour is governed by automatic processes, and where do self-directed “responsible” processes begin?