César A. Hidalgo leads the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab and is also an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. Hidalgo’s work focuses on collective learning. That is, the learning that takes place in teams, organizations, cities, and nations. In his lab he develops analytical tools to improve our understanding of how collective learning takes place, and also, he develops data visualization and analysis tools designed to improve the collective learning of organizations. Hidalgo’s academic publications have been cited more than 7,500 times and his visualization engines have been viewed more than 100 million times. Hidalgo is the author of Why Information Grows (Basic Books, 2015), the co-author of The Atlas of Economic Complexity (MIT Press, 2014), and a co-founder of Datawheel LLC. He lives in Somerville Massachusetts with his wife Anna and their daughter Iris.
Why Information Grows?
What is economic growth? And why, historically, has it occurred in only a few places? Previous efforts to answer these questions have focused on institutions, geography, finances, and psychology. But according to MIT’s antidisciplinarian César Hidalgo, understanding the nature of economic growth demands transcending the social sciences and including the natural sciences of information, networks, […]