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. 2018 Jun 1;626:684-688.
doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.075. Epub 2018 Feb 19.

Total Systemic Failure?

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Total Systemic Failure?

Philip Garnett. Sci Total Environ. .

Abstract

While the world argues about whether climate change is real, what if all systems are failing? This paper seeks to ignite further discussion concerning human impact on all aspects of our environment as we move further into the Anthropocene, not only in terms of the pressure we produce, but also how our activity changes the nature of the relationships between Earth's systems. The paper suggests that we currently lack the tools and analytical capacity to understand the significance of these changes and therefore we cannot answer the question, "are all systems failing?". We discuss how complexity theory, complex networks, and Artificial Intelligence, could contribute part of a solution.

Keywords: Anthropocene; Artificial Intelligence; Complexity; Failure; Networks; Systemic.

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