In its most generic formulation, stigmergy (an optimization technique) is the phenomenon of indirect communication mediated by modifications of the environment.

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A rhythm generator based on stigmergy

Interesting to see the theoretical inroads stigmergy is now making into the field of music. [t]he idea for this research is to create a new rhythmic generator technology. This system will be capable of generating multiple lines of percussion that sound natural. The synchronization will be self-organising and thus will be governed by a Stigmergic…

Microblogging and stigmergy

Yet another article that detects a stigmergic dynamic within a digital domain, namely microblogging, made freely available via Sensors.   distributed knowledgemicrobloggingspontaneous ordersstigmergicstigmergic cognitionStigmergy

Stigmergy in a water environment

This is the first time I’ve come across discussion of stigmergy in a fluid (water) context. Check out this freely available paper here. Stigmergy is a biological phenomenon that has been adopted by robotics, referring to environmentally mediated communication where information about building actions is encoded in the partially built structure. For example, beavers build…

Human-Human Stigmergy

A collection of papers on human-human stigmergy: Theoretical developments and new applications and From ants to economies and Stigmergic epistemology, stigmergic cognition. dispersed knowledgedistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgehuman-human stigmergyNetwork Sciencestigmergicstigmergic cognitionstigmergic epistemology

Stigmergy and Methodological individualism

We’ve been bloody well saying this for the past decade! Here and here and several other places besides. Good though to see The Review of Austrian Economics carry this paper — the late Don Lavoie (as did Hayek before him) was the first of the new generation of Austrians to explicitly grasp the concept of stigmergy, though admittedly,…