SFI Presents Sandy Pentland’s ‘Ties That Bind: The Goodness of Social Networks’ March 11

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SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute is hosting a community lecture with Alex Sandy Pentland ― Ties That Bind: The Goodness of Social Networks at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe. (Note: There will be no pre-lecture reception)

Social networks have proven to be fertile ground for understanding human behavior. This fascinating exploration suggests that we’re much more motivated by social incentives that reward others than by economic self-interest alone. Pentland discusses how studying patterns of information exchange in a social network – even without any knowledge of the actual content – can help us predict with stunning accuracy how productive and effective that network is.

Alex Pentland is the Toshiba Professor of Media, Arts, and Sciences at MIT and was named one of the world’s seven most powerful data scientists by Forbes in 2011. Pentland’s latest book is Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread – The Lessons from a New Science.

Click here to view the online event listing.

As a benefit of President’s Circle membership, reserved seating is available for you in front of the lecture podium. Note that those seats not filled by 7:15 p.m. will be released to the public.

For a complete listing of upcoming SFI Community Lectures, visit here.

NEW: You can participate in SFI’s 2015 Community Lectures live online. To watch this lecture as it happens, visit SFI’s YouTube page. To participate in the discussion via Twitter, follow at @SFILive or #socialphysics.

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