An old adage holds that the flap of a butterfly’s wing in Brazil can trigger a tornado in Texas weeks later. How turbulence wanders from the insect to the tempest would seem unpredictable, but scientists are changing that by calculating future behavior of actual turbulent fluid flows.
What if your medical diagnosis and treatment could be further informed by the experience of millions of other patients, including those who not only had similar symptoms, but perhaps also were your age, gender, ethnicity — and with similar medical history?
Researchers used a networked variation of game theory to study individual behavior during a simulated influenza outbreak. Only if sick persons took precautions to avoid infecting others could the illness be eradicated.