On 18 October 2020 as part of the latest Complexity Weekend hackathon, I hosted a live panel discussion with four unique and fascinating minds. discussed archaeoacoustic design as a form of extended cognition, the continuity between the ancient and postmodern worlds, biomimicry, and many more interesting threads at the intersection of complex systems research and creative innovation.

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Dr. Tom Carter has been a professor at CSU Stanislaus since 1981, starting in the Mathematics Department. In 1982, he helped found the Computer Science Department. Over the years, he has played a central role in the creation and development of the Cognitive Studies program at Stanislaus State, and has been involved with the University Honors program. His central areas of focus recently have been complex adaptive systems, large datasets, and bioinformatics.



Dr. Jenn Huff is a quantitative anthropologist and archaeologist and Curatorial Associate at Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture who works on deep time questions about human evolution, human migrations into new landscapes, exchange networks, risk & uncertainty, technology change, and human-environment interactions. She is currently working on a book that looks at human evolution and recent cultural perspectives to explore how humans cooperate; and what that means for us in the past, present, and the future.



Pietro Michelucci is the founding director of the Human Computation Institute, a multidisciplinary innovation center that develops scalable, crowd-powered systems to address “wicked” societal problems. More recently, he is investigating complexity science as a way to make problem-solving systems behave more predictably and effectively in the real world, and applying that to a project called “CrowdMeter” (toward a sustainable “new normal” during COVID-19). For more info, visit:




Richard James MacCowan is the Founder and Creative Director at Biomimicry Innovation Lab, an award-winning designer with a background in behavioral economics and real estate, with further study in urbanism. He has worked with multi-national organizations around the world on complex challenges, in real estate finance, urbanism, asset management, and product design. Richard rarely gets bored and finds common links between a host of subjects from art, science, nature, and design. Based in York in the UK, Richard spends his quiet time with his wife and two young boys.