From Fundamental Physics to Traffic Flow: Breakthroughs from a New Approach to Modeling

How can one model a complex system? For three centuries, mathematical equations were the only method available. But in the 1980s, a new approach was pioneered by Stephen Wolfram and others: to instead use simple programs such as cellular automata. Wolfram's discoveries about the computational universe of simple programs defined a new direction for modeling which has been transforming the way models are created, and what can be achieved with them.

Over the past two years, Wolfram Solutions has been working with Ford's Mobility Research Group to apply these methods to traffic flow, leading to a breakthrough new approach to modeling and to the analysis of issues such as the effect of autonomous vehicles. Coincidentally, in the past year – following his work from two decades earlier – Wolfram made a dramatic breakthrough in the quest for a truly fundamental theory of physics.

Join Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; the originator of the Wolfram Physics Project; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, as he describes his approach to modeling, and its application to both fundamental physics and traffic flow, as well as talking about the concept of computational language and its implications for AI ethics and safety. 

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