Current social science research and writing faces a number of possibilities that seem to be constrained by three major challenges. The first is the limits of the imagination; the second is knowing what kinds of data are now out there; and the third is having the tools to aggregate and mine them.
Luis Bettencourt is currently a professor of complex systems at the Santa Fe Institute, conducting interdisciplinary research on the science of cities, synthetic cognition and the science of science and technology. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications in theoretical and statistical physics, epidemiology, computational neuroscience, information theory, science of science, and technology and urban studies. His work is well known academically and has been extensively covered in the media, including pieces in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Scientific American, SEED magazine, the New Scientist, Wired, and other leading publications in over a dozen countries.