Our Background

Our background is physics, biology and philosophy and we work on agent behavior and intelligence. Before working with a specific mathematical model and dealing with its capacity to produce meaningful solutions, we investigate the mechanics and limits of its underlying language. This meta-analysis enables us to unlock new mechanisms and organisational principles.

The IIS Cosmological Project

Agent behavior and intelligence is embedded in space and time and governed by the fundamental principles of nature. Cosmological and evolutionary models as well as insights into the transition from physics to life have thriven over the last decades and exciting results have been unraveled. It has become clear that any such model needs to grasp "everything" including the impact induced by intelligent creatures. The question now is how to connect agent behavior, that has emerged from within our universe, with the fundamental laws of nature without referring to a background structure. Or, as Murray Gell-Mann puts it: “Today the network of relationships linking the human race to itself and to the rest of the biosphere is so complex that all aspects affect all others to an extraordinary degree. Someone should be studying the whole system, however crudely that has to be done, because no gluing together of partial studies of a complex non-linear system can give a good idea of the behavior of the whole.”