Economic complexity

From useless to keystone

Technological innovation seems to be dominated by chance. But a new mathematical analysis suggests we might be able to anticipate when seemingly useless technologies become keystones of more complex environments.

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Hidalgo, C. From useless to keystone. Nature Phys 14, 9–10 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys4337

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