Collective intelligence and social ontology: Bridging the divide between human and animal collective cognition through stigmergy and Peircean semiotics

Wow! Quite a mouthful for a title. This paper covers a lot of ground that is of interest to me and cites several people with whom I’ve worked.

Instead, what I am going to suggest in the next pages is that collective intelligence phenomena can be explained, in many cases, by means of structures of emergent rules, ‘byproduct’ of the behaviour of those agents who pursue their individual and more limited objectives: it is not necessary to establish in advance all the rules of the game to get the development of cooperation or competition dynamics in a group.