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engineering antifragile systems: a change in design philosophyWhile technology has made astounding advances in the last century, problems are confronting the engineering community that must be solved. Cost and schedule of producing large systems are increasing at an unsustainable rate and these systems often do not perform as intended. New systems are required that may not be achieved by current methods. To solve these problems, NASA is working to infuse concepts from Complexity Science into the engineering process. Some of these problems may be solved by a change in design philosophy. Instead of designing systems to meet known requirements that will always lead to fragile systems at some degree, systems should be designed wherever possible to be antifragile: designing cognitive cyberphysical systems that can learn from their experience, adapt to unforeseen events they face in their environment, and grow stronger in the face of adversity. Several examples are presented of on ongoing research efforts to employ this philosophy.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Jones, Kennie H.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
July 24, 2014
Publication Date
January 1, 2014
Subject Category
Engineering (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
International Workshop: From Dependable to Resilient, from Resilient to Antifragile Ambients and Systems (ANTIFRAGILE 2014)(Hasselt)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 432938.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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