Cyborgization of modern social-economic systems: Accounting for changes in metabolic identity

Ansel Forrest Renner .*, Aloisius H. Louie, Mario Giampietro

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In Part 1 of this paper, the metabolic nature of social-economic systems is explored. A general understanding relating the various constituent components of social-economic systems in a relational network is presented and used to posit that social-economic systems are metabolic-repair (M, R) systems of the type explored in relational biology. It is argued that, through modernization and globalization, social-economic systems are losing certain functional entailment relations and their ability to control replication. It is further argued that modern social-economic systems are losing control over their identity. In Part 2, the implications of those realizations are explored in terms of effective accounting methodology and a practical set of methods capable of harnessing the deep complexity of social-economic systems. In terms of methods, a practical set of metrics defined through the lenses of a macroscope, a mesoscope, and a microscope is presented. Intended to be used simultaneously, the various descriptive domains suggested by our three scopes may be useful for decision-makers who wish to make responsible decisions concerning the control of system identity change or to combat processes of societal cyborgization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnifying Themes in Complex Systems X - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Complex Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Complex Systems
EditorsDan Braha, Marcus A. de Aguiar, Carlos Gershenson, Alfredo J. Morales, Les Kaufman, Elena N. Naumova, Ali A. Minai, Yaneer Bar-Yam
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-67318-5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity


  • Metabolism
  • Relational biology
  • Social-economic system
  • Thermodynamics


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