Saturday, 26 October 2013

Fidelity

Elasticity, robustness, resilience, antifragility — these properties all refer to an important aspect of individual and collective systems, namely the compliance between corresponding figures of interest in two separate but communicating domains. I will refer to this property as FIDELITY. A special case of fidelity is given by real-timeliness and synchrony, in which the figure of interest is the physical and the system's notion of time. Here I will discuss about several aspects of fidelity in individual and collective systems. A first issue that I intend to address is to clarify what is meant by the above properties and what is their distinctive character as well as their peculiar differences — in Aristotelian terms, what is their genus and what are their differentia.