"How To Simulate The Universe, In 134 Easy Steps" — Nicky Case
Our world gets more and more consumed by complex systems—social, technological, environmental, financial, political. How can one even begin to understand these systems, let alone change them? Data visualization can show people the patterns under current events—but now, we need to go deeper, and show people the systems operating under those patterns. In this talk, Nicky will walk us through modeling and simulation and demonstrate how it allows us to learn about a system through play, see how it evolves over time, and understand the underlying mechanism that make it tick.
About our Speaker:
Nicky Case plays with play. They make interactive explanations, to help people understand the world, and interactive stories, to help people understand themselves. Most notably, they collaborated with Vi Hart to make Parable of the Polygons, a sociology-simulation on discrimination and diversity. This year, they started working with PBS Frontline to make experimental open-source interactives, as part of the Mozilla/Knight OpenNews Fellowship.