Edge Of Chaos

A short video and text composition exploring the term edge of chaos from complexity systems theory. The phrase edge-of-chaos was first used to describe a transition phenomenon discovered by computer scientist Christopher Langton in the 90s. Langton found a small area conducive to producing algorithms capable of universal computation. These experiments suggested that systems poised at the edge of chaos had the capacity for emergent computation. At around the same time physicist James Crutchfield and others used the phrase onset of chaos to describe more or less the same concept. and quickly became part of the language of complex systems. In the sciences in general, the phrase has come to refer to a metaphor that some physical, biological and social systems operate in a region between order and either complete randomness or chaos, where the complexity is maximal.