Many adaptive systems sit near a tipping or critical point. For systems near a critical point small changes to component behaviour can induce large-scale changes in aggregate structure and function. Criticality can be adaptive when the environment is changing, but entails reduced robustness through sensitivity. This tradeoff can be resolved when criticality can be tuned.
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Daniels, B. C., Krakauer, D. C., & Flack, J. C. (2017). Control of finite critical behaviour in a small-scale social system. Nature Communications, 8, 14301. doi:10.1038/ncomms14301