Carl von Clausewitz, the Fog-of-War, and the AI Revolution

The Real World Is Not A Game Of Go

  • Rodrick Wallace

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Computational Intelligence book sub series (BRIEFSINTELL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Rodrick Wallace
    Pages 1-45
  3. Rodrick Wallace
    Pages 47-56
  4. Rodrick Wallace
    Pages 67-72
  5. Rodrick Wallace
    Pages 73-78
  6. Rodrick Wallace
    Pages 91-92
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 93-102

About this book


The language of business is the language of dreams, but the language of war is the language of nightmare made real. Yet business dreams of driverless cars on intelligent roads, and of other real-time critical systems under the control of algorithmic entities, have much of war about them. Such systems, including military institutions at the tactical, operational and strategic scales, act on rapidly-shifting roadway topologies whose ‘traffic rules’ can rapidly change.  War is never without both casualty and collateral damage, and realtime critical systems of any nature will inevitably partake of fog-of-war and frictional challenges almost exactly similar to those that have made warfare intractable for modern states.  Into the world of Carl von Clausewitz, John Boyd, Mao Tse-Tung, Vo Nguyen Giap and Genghis Khan, come the brash, bright-eyed techies of  Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Uber who forthrightly step in where a phalanx of angels has not feared to tread, but treaded  badly indeed. In this book we use cutting-edge tools from information and control theories to examine canonical and idiosyncratic failure modes of real-time cognitive systems facing fog-of-war and frictional constraints. In sum,  nobody ever navigates, or can navigate, the landscapes of Carl von Clausewitz unscathed.




Artificial Intelligence cognitive failure information theory control theory Data Rate Theorem phase transition groupoid stochastic differential equation Clausewitz fog-of-war friction; combat; real-time renormalization free energy; Onsager nonequilibrium thermodynamics optimization theory symmetry breaking Black-Scholes model operational scale Morse Function entropy

Authors and affiliations

  • Rodrick Wallace
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of EpidemiologyThe New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74632-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74633-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-530X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5318
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