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Nature. 2013 May 2;497(7447):51-9. doi: 10.1038/nature12047.

Globally networked risks and how to respond.

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ETH Zurich, Clausiusstrasse 50, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland.


Today's strongly connected, global networks have produced highly interdependent systems that we do not understand and cannot control well. These systems are vulnerable to failure at all scales, posing serious threats to society, even when external shocks are absent. As the complexity and interaction strengths in our networked world increase, man-made systems can become unstable, creating uncontrollable situations even when decision-makers are well-skilled, have all data and technology at their disposal, and do their best. To make these systems manageable, a fundamental redesign is needed. A 'Global Systems Science' might create the required knowledge and paradigm shift in thinking.

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