The “Tyranny of the Power Law” essay

Just came across the following blog post/essay which I found very nice to read:

Tyranny of the Power Law (and Why We Should Become Eclectic)

“(…) However, as a normative or prescriptive approach to how things shouldwork, I believe that the gaining popularity of the power law holds some dangers as well as benefits. After all, should we find it acceptable — even if it is an accurate description of how things really are — that the top 20% of people control 80% of the wealth in a society? Is it really a good idea that a few ‘hits’ (often ginned up to be that way rather than by popular demand) swamp out more meritorious ‘misses’? Is it really ultimately beneficial, efficient, or rational for a society to have a few people at the top of the power law — at least those who got there by inherited privilege and/or genetic accident — hold sway over the lives of the many who live down along the ‘long tail’ of the power law? (…)”


This post raises some interesting questions and valid points. However, we should not forget they can be useful tools. And well, I think some more work relating Power Law and EC can/should be done! ;-) 

Paper Accepted at PPSN 2008

I got accepted my first paper related to the work done in INRIA, at the 10th International Conference on 

Parallel Problem Solving From Nature. The event will take place in Dortmund, Germany, from September 13th until the 17th. The interesting fact about PPSN is the conference format. From the website:

“all accepted papers will be presented during small poster sessions of about 16 papers. Each session will contain papers from a wide variety of topics, and will begin by a plenary quick overview of all papers in that session by a major researcher in the field. Past experiences have shown that such presentation format led to more interactions between participants and to a deeper understanding of the papers.”

I agree that this might motivate the interaction between participants and thus, everyone will benefit much more from the event. I’m curious and I wish it will be a nice event since I’ve never been to PPSN before.


The Strange Attractors

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful.

– Henri Poincaré

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