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Stigmergy 3.0: some more abstracts

Uncorrected in press Cognitive Stigmergy: A Study of Emergence in Small-Group Social Networks – Ted G. Lewis Emergence in Stigmergic and Complex Adaptive Systems: A Formal Discrete Event Systems Perspective – Saurabh Mittal Stigmergic self-organization and the improvisation of Ushahidi – Janet Marsden Artificial intelligenceCognitive sciencecomplexityEpistemologyExtended Mindsocial epistemologySocial SciencesSpontaneous orderStigmergy

Stigmergy 3.0: From Ants to Economies

Marge and my intro now available as an uncorrected proof. Stay tuned for the rest of the papers comprising this special issue. According to Andy Clark “[M]uch of what goes on in the complex world of humans, may thus, somewhat surprisingly, be understood in terms of so-called stigmergic algorithms” (Clark, 1996, p. 279; 1997, p. 186).…

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…

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…

The tragic life of Eugène Marais

I first came across a reference to Eugène Marais in Andries Engelbrecht’s very excellent Computational Intelligence: An Introduction. See the links below for details about this highly unusual character. The Tragic Genius of Eugène Marais (The author, Conrad Reitz, very kindly shared some of his thoughts with me). The Soul of the White Ant Introduction by Keith Addison EUGÈNE Marais was a South African…

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

Cosmos and Taxis

I chanced upon this painting entitled “Cosmos and Taxis“. The inspiration is, of course, as the artist states: One effect of our habitually identifying order with a made order or taxis is indeed that we tend to ascribe to all order certain properties which deliberate arrangements regularly, and with respect to some of these properties…

Meet the New Boss

This article from The Atlantic. A FEW YEARS AFTER Philip Rosedale graduated from college with a degree in physics, he joined RealNetworks, then an audio-streaming company. It was a top-down, command-and-control kind of place, where difficult software projects were outlined in advance and executed according to carefully conceived plans. Rosedale hated it. As a teenager…