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Stigmergic Coverage Algorithm for Multi-Robot Systems

A nice simulation from the Maastricht Swarm Lab See also the great video posted by Simon Garnier of  The Swarm Lab @ NJIT Artificial intelligenceCognitive sciencecomplexitydistributed knowledgeExtended Mindsocial epistemologySpontaneous orderStigmergy

Stigmergy: Special Issue of Cognitive Systems Research

Here is the line-up for the forthcoming special issue of Cognitive Systems Research Marge Doyle and I have just edited. It’s been a long time coming because of the highly technical nature of some of the papers not to mention the various disciplines involved. ======================== Stigmergy 3.0: From Ants to Economies – Margery Doyle, Cognitive Research…

Particle swarm optimization

The latest issue of Swarm Intelligence is now available featuring this paper “A speculative approach to parallelization in particle swarm optimization.” The original formulation of PSO is due to Kennedy, J., Eberhart, R. C., with Shi, Y. (2001). Swarm Intelligence. Morgan Kaufmann. AntArtificial LifeParticle SwarmSwarm intelligence

Global Brain

Programming the Global Brain Considering how we can improve our understanding and utilization of the emerging human-computer network constituting the global brain. (Here’s a previous post on this topic) Abraham Bernstein, Mark Klein, Thomas W. Malone New ways of combining networked humans and computers—whether they are called collective intelligence, social computing, or various other terms—are…

Collective Intelligence 2012

Just under a week until the CI2012 shindig – as it so happens I’m busy co-writing a paper and co-editing a themed issue of Cognitive Systems Research on a species of CI – surprise, surprise “stigmergy.” Artificial intelligenceAustrian SchoolCognitionCollective intelligencecomplexityExtended MindIntelligenceKnowledgeKnowledge ManagementPhilosophy of mindsocial epistemologySocial SciencesSpontaneous orderStigmergyWikipedia


This article is really creating a buzz (sorry!!) The idea has some resonance to an aspect of Hayek’s social epistemology (see the article that I just today uploaded). In much the same way that synapses are strengthened while unused linkages weaken and wither away, so too are paths to salient social knowledge strengthened or weakened –…

E.O. Wilson

Here’s an article in this month’s Atlantic. Rejecting the views of classic political philosophers like Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau that primitive humankind started out as a collection of scattered, unorganized individuals, Fukuyama writes: “Human sociability is not a historical or cultural acquisition, but something hardwired into human nature.” Nowhere is Wilson, who pioneered this view,…