The re-emergence of Buckminster Fuller

This popped up today:

(thanks, Ray Podder!)

Of course.  It’s a Bucky Ball.,204,203,200_.jpg

…which is probably the root meme here, driving such new developments as Kimberly Wiefling and Peter Meisen’s initiative to bring a Fuller-inspired SIMCenter to Silicon Valley (more on this soon).

And here’s the graphic I’ve been using (from the Millennium Project) in a lot of talks lately.

The idea here is interconnected systems: a decision in one realm bouncing around to those in others, and the need to understand systems to achieve our desired outcomes and avoid unintended consequences.

It’s also the New Year’s ball in Times Square:

(an icosahedral geodesic, fwiw)…

…and the title screen of a recent keynote on Deep Learning by Andrew Ng of Baidu:

The Talend splash screen…

…and our Quantellia logo:










From Tim McElgunn in New Jersey,  here’s Liquidambar styraciflua, to whose structural integrity I can attest, having stepped on them barefoot as a child:


Here’s the banner from Microsoft’s data science user group:

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Why so much Bucky lately?  Send me recent sightings and I’ll add them to this article with attribution.

Lorien Pratt

Pratt has been delivering AI and DI solutions for her clients for over 30 years. These include the Human Genome Project, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the US Department of Energy, and the Administrative Office of the US Courts. Formerly a computer science professor, Pratt is a popular international speaker and has given two TEDx talks. Her Quantellia team offers AI, DI, and full-stack software solutions to clients worldwide. Previously a leading technology analyst, Pratt has also authored dozens of academic papers, co-edited the book: Learning to Learn, and co-authored the Decision Engineering Primer. Her next book: Link: How Decision Intelligence makes the Invisible Visible (Emerald Press), is in production. With media appearances such as on TechEmergence and GigaOm, Pratt is also listed on the Women Inventors and Innovator’s Mural. Pratt blogs at

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